Map of Islamophobia over Time

This map shows the accumulation of Islamophobic events and incidents over the course of 2016 and 2017, indicating when and where spikes of activity occur. The scroll bar at the bottom of the map allows you to pause the map, scroll through time manually, or isolate a moment in time. We also have an Interactive Map of Islamophobia available that allows you to click on individual points to learn more about particular incidents and events. Read below for more information about the Mapping Islamophobia Project.

Interactive Map of Islamophobia (By Year)

Each orange dot on this map represents an incident or event that reflects Islamophobic attitudes, ranging from instances of harassment and vandalism to national political speech and elections. Click on individual dots to reveal a short description of the event and a source for additional reading. It may be easier to do so if you use the zoom function, which will also enable you to see individual data points in areas with “hot spots,” indicated by deeper and brighter orange dots. You can “grab” the map to move around the country by left clicking your mouse and holding it down. You can view a single year or multiple years by using the click box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Interactive Map of Islamophobia (By Type)

Each color-coded dot on this map represents an incident or event that reflects Islamophobic attitudes, ranging from instances of harassment and vandalism to national political speech and elections. Click on individual dots to reveal a short description of the event and a source for additional reading. Each pop-up box also indicates the year because this map includes all items from the dataset. It may be easier to click on individual events/incidents if you use the zoom function, which will also enable you to differentiate data points in crowded areas. You can “grab” the map to move around the country by left clicking your mouse and holding it down. You can view a single type of incident/event or multiple types of incidents/events by using the click box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. There is further description of these categories below.

Crimes Against People includes incidents in which law enforcement has identified and charged a suspect with a crime, including but not limited to assault, battery, physical harassment, murder, attempted murder, and hate crimes.

Bias Related Incident is a broad category that includes but is not limited to violent attacks in which no suspects have been identified or no charges have been filed, verbal harassment, various forms of discrimination, and hate speech.

Crimes Against Property includes vandalism to public property or to privately held property, such as mosques, community centers, and Muslim-owned businesses.

Public Speech (Political Figures) includes speech acts by public officials (elected or appointment) that single out in negative fashion Islam, American Muslims, or American Muslim communities.

Public Campaigns includes concerted and coordinated efforts by private individuals or organizations to intimidate, defame, or smear Islam or American Muslims, exclude American Muslims from the fabric of local, state, or national public life, or prevent American Muslims and American Muslim communities from pursuing activities that are their right by virtue of residency or citizenship.

Legislation refers to bills and/or laws that target, either explicitly or implicitly, American Muslim communities in discriminatory ways.