Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Sources of Doubt in Islam

What causes Muslims to doubt Islam? This infographic provides an elaboration of some of the paths that lead toward doubt for American Muslims.

Based on the inaugural project of  Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research exploring the dynamics of doubt in the American Muslim community, this infographic provides an elaboration of some of the paths that lead toward doubt. While recognizing the nuance and particularity of crises of faith on an individual level, we were able to identify a number of recurrent themes that, taken together, provide a holistic picture of doubt at the aggregate level. The three nodes from which doubt often stems—moral and social concerns, philosophical and scientific concerns, and personal trauma—are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but can often overlap or reinforce one another.

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Dr. Youssef Chouhoud

Contributor | Youssef Chouhoud is a doctoral candidate and Provost’s Fellow in the Political Science and International Relations program at the University of Southern California, studying political attitudes and behavior, survey methodology, and comparative democratization. His research elaborates the determinants of core democratic norms by examining understudied groups in both established and emerging democracies. Youssef earned his BA in History from Lehigh University where he went on to complete an MA degree in Political Science as a President’s Scholar.