Deep Dives with ISPU

Deep Dives with ISPU

Deep Dives with ISPU expands on the latest research about American Muslim communities in an easily digestible way. We interview experts, scholars, and other prolific community leaders about topics ranging from the current state of American mosques, to what makes humor "Muslim". By tuning into our audio deep dives, you'll be up to date and informed about the most pressing issues facing American Muslim communities today.Learn more about our work:


December 1, 2021 32 min

When the US Mosque Survey was launched more than 20 years ago, mosques and Muslims in America were heavily discussed in the public square—but there were few sources of data to draw from. In the ensuing two decades, these surveys have filled a critical gap, answering questions like: how many mosques are there in the United States compared to previous decades, and where are they? Why has there been a substantive decrease in the numbe...

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Stand-up comedy is a performance art often associated with personal expressions of culture and identity. When examining the content of comedians like Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani, and Hasan Minhaj, Dr. Samah Choudhury argues that these men step into their Muslim identities through the language and (hostile implications) of racialization. In this episode of Deep Dives with ISPU, Dr. Samah Choudhury and ISPU Director of Research Dali...

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When it comes to inclusive storytelling, writers, directors, and film industry executives are well-served by using research to guide the authentic crafting of diverse characters and worlds—including Muslim characters and storylines. Today on Deep Dives with ISPU, we’re presenting a conversation between filmmaker Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter, Flora & Ulysses) and actor Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek, The Tiger Hunter, Outsourced). ...

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November 15, 2021 2 min

Welcome to Deep Dives with ISPU—a podcast by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.

This podcast will provide deep dives into the most recent and pressing research about the topics and issues affecting American Muslim communities today. We interview sc...

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