What's it like being Muslim in the United States, post-9/11? Join us Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET to hear from a panel of experts who will go over the results of a comprehensive new survey (to be released that morning) conducted by the Othering & Belonging Institute on the experiences and attitudes of US Muslims. There's no shortage of evidence showing how the 9/11 attacks led to a surge in hate crimes, suspicion, and surveillance targeting Muslims. From official government policies like federal registries and state-level anti-Sharia legislation, to the defacing of mosques, and verbal and physical attacks on people, it has been clear that Muslims were now facing an unprecedented level of scrutiny and hostility. Our survey offers a window into the collective experiences from the everyday lives of Muslims, helps us understand their relationships with each other, and with non-Muslims. The survey not only documents their perceptions of Islamophobia, but, crucially, gives us insight into the emotional and psychological impacts of the realities they've faced for the past two decades.


  • Elsadig Elsheikh, Director of Global Justice, Othering & Belonging Institute
  • Basima Sisemore, Researcher, Global Justice Program, OBI
  • Edward Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Maha Hilal, Co-founder, Justice for Muslims Collective
  • Sumayyah Waheed, Senior Policy Counsel, Muslim Advocates
  • Hatem Bazian (moderator), President, International Islamophobia Studies Research Association

This event is being organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, and co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim Advocates, the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, the Islamophobia Documentation and Research Center, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and the Justice for Muslims Collective.