Homegrown foreigners: how Christian nationalism and nativist attitudes impact Muslim civil liberties

Ramsey Dahab, Marisa Omori

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Building from the literature on racialization of Muslims, we argue that there are two unique dimensions to anti-Muslim attitudes: Christian nationalism and nativism. Christian nationalism subscribes to the idea of Christianity as being central to American identity, and nativism provides insight into the monopolies regulating citizenship. We then test this framework’s hypotheses on data drawn from the General Social Survey in 2014 to see if these two dimensions predict support for civil rights infringements of Muslim-Americans compared to other outgroups, including atheists, communists, and racists. The results indicate both Christian nationalism and nativism have significant and negative effects on Muslim civil liberties. We also find some differences between the effects of Christian nationalism and nativism on Muslim civil liberties compared to the other outgroups. We interpret these results as an indication that nativism works as an ordering principle to reconstitute who counts as American and who does not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1727-1746
Number of pages20
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jul 27 2019


  • Muslim Americans
  • Nativism
  • citizenship
  • civil rights
  • racialization
  • religious nationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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