Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald

Second Advisor

Dr. E. Scott Adler

Third Advisor

Dr. Benjamin Teitelbaum


This paper is a comparative study that aims to explore why anti-Muslims sentiment varies among 32 developed, democratic nations. I delve into the theory that the presence of more Muslims in developed nations leads to a higher anti-Muslim Sentiment. I also delve into the theory that a country with a poor state of economic well-being leads to a higher presence of anti-Muslim sentiment. Anti-Muslim sentiment can be measured numerous ways. A lot of previous research examines anti-Muslim sentiment in developed nations solely on the basis of public opinion polling. This paper will look at three different indicators of anti-Muslim sentiment. These indicators include public opinion polling data, institutional religious freedoms extended to Muslims, and behaviors that embody anti-Muslim sentiment. I find that a greater presence of Muslims in a nation is viewed by native born citizens as a nation over-run. Therefore, government institutions are pressured to place restrictions on the Muslim population. This paper will also look at historical implications of anti-Muslim sentiment in Bulgaria, Cyprus, and The United Kingdom.