AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

Islamophobia : the factors that affect the American perception of Islam

by Heba Hafi

Institution: Central Connecticut State University
Department: Department of International Studies
Year: 2015
Keywords: Islamophobia – United States.
Record ID: 2059451
Full text PDF: http://content.library.ccsu.edu/u?/ccsutheses,2064


The events of September 11, 2001 increased occurrences of prejudice, discrimination and racial profiling toward Muslims and individuals identified as Muslims. This study focuses on Islamophobia in the United States. It also explores the factors that affect the American perception of Islam and seeks to discover the best way to prevent Islomophobia and to reduce discrimination against Muslims in America. The study is based on a survey conducted in May 2014 among one hundred students from Central Connecticut State University. My results indicated that the Media is the main factor responsible for creating Islamophobia in the United States. Further, the study found that educating non-Muslims in America about the Islamic religion and culture is the best way to reduce the severity of Islamophobia and prejudice against Muslims in the United States. "Submitted in Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in International Studies."; Thesis advisor: Nanjundiah Sadanand.; M.A.,Central Connecticut State University,,2015.;