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Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, HKS and FAS, Emeritus


What's the path to religious acceptance in America—and what can Muslims, Mormons and Buddhists learn from Jews and Catholics? A Gallup report out last week found that, of all major religious groups in America, Muslims are the most optimistic about their future. When asked what they think their lives will be like in five years, Muslims see themselves as having a better life than do members of any other religious group. They are also most likely to say that their community is getting better as a place to live. Why is such optimism warranted even though Muslims are also the religious group most likely to report experiencing discrimination?


Campbell, David E., and Robert D. Putnam. "Islam and American Tolerance." Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2011.