Jen’nan Ghazal Read explores views of Muslims in her article Muslims in America in the Fall 2008 issue of Contexts. You can read the full text here! This is great article to assign in any class on race, culture or politics. Use the discussion questions and activity below to incorporate this article into your class.
1) How do the political views of Muslim Americans compare to the rest of the American religious public?
2) Why might Muslims, who ideologically align with most of mainstream America, still be considered “outsiders”?
3) Can you think of other groups that are similarly considered “outsiders” in American society today?
ACTIVITY: The author provides demographic information on Muslim Americans. Download the Pew Center Report used in the article and write a summary of any information you learned that surprised you or that
you think should be more widely known.