How do we reduce Islamophobia and prejudice against Muslims in Australia? New research evidence

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Matteo Vergani's research blog

Policy makers struggle to understand how to strengthen social cohesion and reduce prejudice and Islamophobia. In our latest article, Professor Fethi Mansouri and I provide critical evidence to inform policy directions in the diversity governance space.

Research in the field of social psychology has explored prejudice reduction mechanisms and interventions for decades. Our article expanded this line of research by exploring the relationships between self-reported knowledge (that is, what people think to know about Islam), factual knowledge (that is, what people actually know about Islam) and contact (that is, how many Muslim people they know).

Our study finds that knowing more about Islam, and knowing more Muslims, is linked to less prejudice against Muslims. However, people who think to know Islam, but do not know any Muslim and do not have correct information about Islam, are the ones who have more prejudice. Even when they have high…

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