After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, suburban Muslims found their faith, cultures and customs being scrutinized in the media, at schools, in workplaces, on the street and in everyday interactions with neighbors, co-workers and strangers. It not only affected people’s perceptions about Islam and Muslims, but it also sparked a rise in hate crimes, religious profiling and anti-Muslim bullying in schools, and compelled once-insular immigrant communities to open up to outsiders.

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