Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States

June 21, 2016

The UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender is excited to announce the release of our third collaborative research report with The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) entitled, Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States.


Media Coverage:

Excerpt from CAIR's introduction:

Islamophobia has unfortunately moved from the fringes of American society to the mainstream. Viable contenders for the office of the presidency have suggested un-constitutional policies such as banning all Muslims from the United States or suggesting that a Muslims could not be president of the United States. Elected officials in 10 states have enacted legislation designed to vilify or otherwise target Islam. In at least two states, the way school text books are selected was changed because some activists wrongly 

believe that introductory religious courses that teach children Islam’s five pillars are “indoctrination” and “proselytization.” Islamophobic groups have enjoyed access to at least $205 million to spread fear and hatred of Muslims.

The last two months of 2015 saw 34 incidents in which mosques were targeted by vandals or those who want to intimidate worshippers. This is more incidents than we usually record in an entire year.

The strategy outlined in this report is an evolution from the opposition-centric strategy CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia has pursued since we published Legislating Fear in 2012. The proposed strategy focuses instead on changing the environment. Islamophobia and groups that promote bias will likely always exist, but the current environment that grants anti-Islam prejudice social acceptability must change so that such bias is in the same social dustbin as white supremacism and anti-Semitism. 


TABLE OF CONTENTS (summarized):

  • Introduction 
  • A National Strategy to Confront Islamophobia
  • The U.S. Islamophobia Network
  • Anti-Islam Legislation
  • Targeting Students and Education
  • Targeting Mosques
  • Hate Crimes and Discrimination
  • Islamophobic Media
  • Islamophobic Politics
  • Armed Anti-Islam Demonstrations
  • Muslim-Free Businesses
  • Anti-Muslim Law Enforcement Trainings
  • Appendix
  • Brief Descriptions of Inner and Outer Core Groups
  • Endnotes