TURBAN MYTHS: Reframing Sikh American Identity In Post-9/11 America

The project is the first known multi-threaded research of its kind, mining perception of Sikh Americans and the challenges they face from numerous sources:

  • Two independently managed consumer survey projects (Google Consumer Surveys and Politix)
  • A comprehensive review of academic literature in the neurosciences, psychology, sociology, and criminology on bias and hate crimes
  • A study of Internet conversation regarding Sikh Americans
  • Qualitative interviews with leaders in the Sikh American community and their peers in other ethnic and faith-based communities
  • A review of best practices and case studies in design-based interventions in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. The research was conducted from July through September 2013.

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Many thanks to co-authors and researchers Margarita Quihuis, Giovanni Rodriguez, Chris Bennett and Jasjit Jingh (SALDEF) for this effort.


Citations for Turban Myths

Since its publication, Turban Myths has been cited in the following books:

Altschiller, Donald. (2015). Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook, 3rd Edition, ABC-CLIO.

Iyer, Deepa. (2015).  We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, The New Press.

Tanabe, Sean. (2014). Let’s Meet at the Langar: How the Sikh Community has Persevered and Thrived in the US, Global Societies Journal, 2.

Thomas, Jeffrey L. (2015).  Scapegoating Islam: Intolerance, Security, and the American Muslim, ABC-CLIO. v