Measuring Attitudes Towards Islam
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In recent years, the rhetoric surrounding individuals who are Muslim has resulted in severed freedoms of expression, violations of basic human rights, stereotypic labeling, and the stripping away of the dignity of Muslim Americans (Lajevardi & Oskooii, 2018). Within such a negative overall climate, it is important to benchmark current attitudes related to Islam as a religion as well as Muslims as the representatives of a faith community. However, there is little research regarding the attitudes towards Muslims or Islam at Christian colleges. This research evaluated the attitudes in the Milligan College community towards Islam. The central research questions for my study were, 1) What are the attitudes at Milligan College towards Islam? 2) Are the attitudes towards Islam positive, neutral, critical or prejudicial? 3) What personal demographics correlate with positive, neutral, critical, and prejudicial attitudes towards Islam?