Fear In Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America

Published in January 2021 by NYU Press, Caleb Iyer Elfenbein’s book Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America builds on Mapping Islamophobia. It analyzes trends in the project’s original data; draws connections to broader histories of immigration, identity, race, belonging, and citizenship in the US; and examines how Muslims in the United States have responded to historically unprecedented levels of public anti-Muslim hostility. 

In addition to discussing broad trends in data on anti-Muslim activity and American Muslim outreach efforts, the book draws out individual stories and moments from the data to explore the effects of fear and public hate in human lives. In this way, Fear in Our Hearts reflects the spirit of digital humanism that animates Mapping Islamophobia.  

For educators, the book can serve as a companion to engagement with Mapping Islamophobia. Caleb Elfenbein is always open to virtual visits to classrooms or community gatherings engaging either Mapping Islamophobia or Fear in Our Hearts—or both! Reach out through the site’s contact feature or to him directly at elfenbei[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

Cover of Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us about America, by Caleb Iyer Elfenbein