Muslims within the United States and around the world reacted with dismay to the election of President Trump in November, 2016. He was described by Al Jazeera as “the first Islamophobia president”. Yet a poisonous relationship between American Muslims and President Trump does not have to be an inevitable outcome. This blog reveals the common ground that could yet unite the White House with the majority of Muslims in the United States.
- American Muslims are far more likely than their counterparts in Europe to be in work, earning more than non-Muslims and living in suburban neighbourhoods
- They have a markedly more westernised attitude to social issues like women’s and LGBT rights
- Family and faith are central to their lives
President Trump can avoid mistakes made by European policy makers and build on the relatively successful assimilation of Muslims achieved in the US since 9/11. To do this, he needs to eat some of his own words. A total ban on Muslims entering the US, remarks about the faith being a creed of hate and viewing all Muslims through the prism of terrorism and extremism are likely to prove counter-productive.
Through research and interviews with key figures in American Islam, we will reveal:
- How the President can bridge the trust gap with American Muslims
- Work with those who recognise that terrorism and extremism poses a threat to their families
- Ways to avoid promoting victimhood narratives within Muslim communities and hatred towards Muslims from the Far Right, “counter-jihad” and wider society
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