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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


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Islamophobia-United States, September 11 Terrorist Attacks 2001-Influence, Muslims-United States-Social conditions, Muslims-Mental health-United States, Xenophobia, Psychic trauma, Muslim American, 9/11, Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism, Psychological suffering, Collective trauma, Identity, Identity formation, Identity negotiation, Psychological impact, Mental health, Resilience, Muslim


The rise of Islamophobia has undoubtedly disrupted the identity and way of life of Muslim Americans in the last decade and half. This study centers the voices of eight Muslim Americans discussing the mental health impact of anti-Muslim discrimination and prejudice, the pervasiveness of xenophobic and Islamophobic perspectives in the U.S., and the normalization and acceptance of discrimination as evidenced by the presidential victory of Donald Trump.

The major findings of this study indicate that the marginalization and othering of Muslim Americans have manifested in adverse psychological symptoms including fear, stress, worry, isolation, numbness, desensitization and insecurity. In addition, this study explores how one renegotiates Muslim American identity after the denigration of their faith. Collective Trauma Theory is utilized to address both the larger scale impact that Islamophobia presents to the collective consciousness of this community, as well as the resilience of the Muslim American community as a collective unit.




iii, 77 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-67)

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