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Guides and toolkits

Guides and toolkits

In addition to our reports and surveys, CAIR's pocket guides, toolkits and other publications are available for download. Please contact us for information about ordering hard copies.

Know your rights pocket guide

This guide informs American Muslims of our legal rights. These are the same rights all Americans enjoy, but the guide focuses on issues Muslims commonly face. The guide gives information about:

  • Your rights as an employee
  • Your rights as a student
  • Your rights if stopped by the police
  • Your rights if federal law enforcement contacts you
  • Your rights if the Department of Homeland Security contacts you
  • Your rights as an airline passenger
  • How to tell if you might be on the no-fly list or a selectee list
  • What to do if faced with job discrimination
  • How to react to anti-Muslim hate crimes
  • Recommendations for activism including local involvement, contacting your elected representatives, and media advocacy

View the guide. (The content of this guide is available in non-PDF format here.)

Islamophobia pocket guide

This guide defines Islamophobia and explains its features, then offers steps we can all take to help challenge Islamophobia.

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Community safety kit

This toolkit was developed to help Muslim communities protect against acts of discrimination or physical attacks and to secure their basic legal rights. It includes recommendations for safety and security measures and how to respond in the event of an incident.

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Securing religious liberty handbook

This toolkit was developed to help Muslim communities protect against state-level efforts to legislate against Islam and to preserve religious liberty for all. It includes lessons learned from efforts in several states as well as suggestions on what to do before such legislation is introduced, once it has been introduced, and if it is passed.

View the handbook


Reports and Surveys

Reports and Surveys

This a selection of reports and surveys CAIR has published over the years. We hope they will be useful for anyone seeking such information. Older reports are included as reference points. Our civil rights reports can be found here.

These reports may be cited with attribution. For any questions about citations or to order hard copies, please contact us.

The American Mosque 2011, Part 1: Basic Characteristics of the American Mosque and Attitudes of Mosque Leaders

This report presents the initial findings from the U.S. Mosque Survey 2011. The U.S. Mosque Survey 2011 is part of a larger study of American congregations called Faith Communities Today (FACT), which is a project of Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, a multi-faith coalition of denominations and faith groups. The FACT series of national surveys includes massive surveys of all religious congregations in 2000 and 2010. The strategy of the FACT surveys is to develop a common questionnaire and then have the member faith groups conduct their own study with their respective congregations. The U.S. Mosque Survey participated in both studies in 2000 and 2010.

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The American Mosque 2011, Part 2: Activities, Administration and Vitality of the American Mosque

This is the second report from the US Mosque Survey 2011, which is a comprehensive study of mosques in America. The first report focused on the basic demographics of mosques and attitudes of mosque leaders to America and involvement in American society. This second report focuses on mosque activities, administration and vitality. A third report on women in the mosque is forthcoming.

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The Mosque in America: A National Portrait (2000)

This report presents findings from the Mosque Study Project 2000, the largest, most comprehensive survey of mosques ever to be conducted in the United States. The purpose of the study is twofold: to provide a comprehensive, detailed portrait of mosques, which can be subsequently used by mosque leaders and Muslim scholars to envision ways to strengthen mosques. Secondly the study provides a public profile of mosques that will hopefully further the understanding of the Muslim presence in America.

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Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012

The U.S.-based Islamophobia network’s inner core is currently comprised of at least 37 groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. An additional 32 groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes make up the network’s outer core.

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Same Hate, New Target: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2009-2010

This report by CAIR and the UC Berkeley Center on Race and Gender offers a definition of Islamophobia, an overview of its growing negative impact in the United States and names of individuals and institutions known for promoting or opposing the phenomenon.

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American Muslim Voters and the 2012 Election: A Demographic Profile and Survey of Attitudes

This report presents a detailed picture of American Muslim voter demographics and explores their views on a multitude of communal concerns and public policy issues several weeks before the 2012 presidential election. The survey results are drawn from a random sample telephone survey of 500 American Muslim registered voters.

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American Muslim Voters 2006: A Demographic Profile and Survey of Attitudes

The CAIR Research Center presents here the results of its first scientific survey of American Muslim voters. The poll provides a detailed picture of American Muslim voter demographics and attitudes. To reach a deeper understanding of this sample in its larger American and Muslim contexts, this report compares findings of this poll to other surveys, including U.S. Census Data and public opinion trends.

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American Public Opinion about Islam and Muslims, 2006

In 2004, CAIR commissioned a public opinion survey to gauge anti-Muslim sentiment and found nearly one-fourth of the American public believing anti-Muslim canards and stereotypes.

A replication of the initial 2004 survey was administered in 2005. This report will provide a comparison of both polls in an effort to identify major trends.

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A Decade of Growth - CAIR Tenth Anniversary Report, 1994 - 2004

Over the years, CAIR has served as a credible voice for American Muslims, appearing on national and international news shows and in front of Senate committee hearings. It has worked diligently to disseminate accurate information about Islam and Muslims to the American public and policy makers, challenging those who choose to do otherwise.

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Western Muslim Minorities: Integration and Disenfranchisement

This CAIR policy bulletin was published to offer constructive ideas to advance public discourse at all levels of American society.

[This paper is adapted from a lecture given at "Changing Societies and Transatlantic Relations," co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Robert Schuman Foundation and held in Washington, D.C. October 27-28, 2005]

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