Title

American Muslim Investment in Civil Society: Political Discussion, Disagreement, and Tolerance

Abstract

Using data from a national survey of 465 American Muslims conducted just after the 2008 election season, the authors assess whether American Muslims are invested in the practices (political discussion, especially across lines of difference) and norms (tolerance) that many theorists suggest are crucial to the maintenance of liberal democracy. The authors find that American Muslims tend to be intolerant of acts against religion. The authors' explanation draws on intergroup relations theory, finding that post-September 11, 2001, discrimination served an educational function boosting tolerance, and disagreement in Muslim social networks tends to depress tolerance unless it is with an in-group discussion partner.

Department(s)

Political Science

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912911401417

Keywords

Muslims, tolerance, disagreement, social networks, discrimination

Publication Date

2011

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