Presentation Title

Hate in Proximity: A Look into Hate Group Headquarters and Islamic Communities in California

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Andrea Molle

Start Date

18-11-2017 12:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 1:30 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 16

Session

Poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Despite the presence of Muslim communities in the news, there is little research done on the geographic characteristics of these groups in academia. From 2016-2017 data was manually collected through Salatomanic, a type of Yelp review site generated by members of the Islamic community to advertise and share mosques, prayer centers and schools with their fellow Muslims. This dataset includes information from 698 locations of mosques, Islamic schools, and prayer spaces in California. The research team collected data such as addresses, denomination, gendered prayer spaces, services offered, and governance. The team also looked at Zabihah, a comprehensive guide to halal serviced restaurants and grocery stores in California. We assembled an SPSS file using the raw data we collected and geocoded it to get usable map data.This was compared to the Hate Map provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to gain an understanding of the proximity of Islamic Hate groups in comparison to Islamic communities in California. According to the SPL center, there has been a 197% increase in a total number of anti-Muslim hate groups up from 2015. With this increase in hate groups, there is a positive correlation between the increase of mosque presence and Islamic restaurants in the area.This project will also include the national anti-muslim hate groups to investigate their ideology and relationship with local Muslim communities. Some groups included are Act for America and several other smaller anti-Muslim groups with headquarters in Southern California where a large percentage of Muslim communities reside. Some of our findings concluded that anti-Muslim groups are clustered in Santa Monica, Pomona, and Thousand Oaks, outside of the larger Los Angeles urban area. We have proved previous research of hate group analysis by showing that these groups tend to populate near urban areas but not directly in them.

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Hate in Proximity: A Look into Hate Group Headquarters and Islamic Communities in California

BSC-Ursa Minor 16

Despite the presence of Muslim communities in the news, there is little research done on the geographic characteristics of these groups in academia. From 2016-2017 data was manually collected through Salatomanic, a type of Yelp review site generated by members of the Islamic community to advertise and share mosques, prayer centers and schools with their fellow Muslims. This dataset includes information from 698 locations of mosques, Islamic schools, and prayer spaces in California. The research team collected data such as addresses, denomination, gendered prayer spaces, services offered, and governance. The team also looked at Zabihah, a comprehensive guide to halal serviced restaurants and grocery stores in California. We assembled an SPSS file using the raw data we collected and geocoded it to get usable map data.This was compared to the Hate Map provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to gain an understanding of the proximity of Islamic Hate groups in comparison to Islamic communities in California. According to the SPL center, there has been a 197% increase in a total number of anti-Muslim hate groups up from 2015. With this increase in hate groups, there is a positive correlation between the increase of mosque presence and Islamic restaurants in the area.This project will also include the national anti-muslim hate groups to investigate their ideology and relationship with local Muslim communities. Some groups included are Act for America and several other smaller anti-Muslim groups with headquarters in Southern California where a large percentage of Muslim communities reside. Some of our findings concluded that anti-Muslim groups are clustered in Santa Monica, Pomona, and Thousand Oaks, outside of the larger Los Angeles urban area. We have proved previous research of hate group analysis by showing that these groups tend to populate near urban areas but not directly in them.