This article is reshared from the Jan 2022 issue of Data Digest published by the Institute of social policy and understanding. The original article can be found here: 10 Areas of Need in American Muslim Communities | ISPU
5. RELATIONSHIPS: Creating educational and support programs related to marriage and family matters in Muslim spaces and addressing issues related to divorce and racism
Young Muslims are more accepting of divorce than their peers in the general public, and the majority of Muslims, especially young Muslims, would like more support for divorced individuals in their faith communities. Hence, community leaders and Muslim centers should consider creating relevant support and educational programs. While a majority (67%) of Muslims say they will accept their child marrying a divorced person, they are still less likely than the general public to accept a divorced spouse for their child. Hence, issues of stigma related to divorce and racism need to be addressed in Muslim communities. A barrier to seeking help is that marriage education and counseling is still not widely socially accepted in the American Muslim community and there can also be a divide between Imams and mental health workers on marital issues.
Five Surprising Facts about Divorce in American Muslim Communities
JANUARY 12, 2021 | BY DALIA MOGAHED
Long considered a taboo subject in the American Muslim community, divorce is a part of many Muslim families’ reality. Despite impacting millions of families, very little data is available on divorce among Muslims in America so the community conversations that do occur about the topic often lack grounding in empirical research. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) seeks to fill this gap with the following analysis. This data is sourced from ISPU’s 2020 nationally representative survey, American Muslim Poll: Amid Pandemic and Protest, fielded in spring 2020. A full methodology is available here.
A majority of Muslims (67%) say they would accept their child marrying a divorced person, more likely than white Evangelicals, on par with Protestants and Catholics, but less likely than the general public, Jews, and non-affiliated Americans. This points to the enduring reality that divorce is stigmatized and divorced people are not fully accepted by a significant swath of society, and Muslims are no exception.
Dalia Mogahed is the Visiting Faculty at TISA and the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Learn more about Dalia→
Recommendations for Promoting Healthy Marriages & Preventing Divorce in the American Muslim Community