Intersectional complexities of South Asian Muslim Americans: Implications for identity and mental health

Tania Chowdhury, Sumie Okazaki

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


While interest in the mental health of South Asian Muslims has observably increased over the last couple of decades, South Asian Muslims are often grouped together with either other South Asians or other Muslims, depending on the identity of interest in the literature. This chapter aims to explore the gap within research literature in which the intersectional complexities of South Asian Muslims lie by examining the historical and geopolitical contexts of South Asian Muslim experiences in the United States. The aftermaths following the attacks on September 11, 2001 have had an enormous impact on the psychological well-being of South Asian Muslim Americans. We have discussed the ways in which contemporary South Asian Muslim American experiences are further complicated when navigating additional marginalized identities such as gender and sexual orientation, age and generational influences, disability status, class, and national origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMental and Behavioral Health of Immigrants in the United States
Subtitle of host publicationCultural, Environmental, and Structural Factors
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128161173
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Intersectionality
  • Mental health
  • Muslims
  • South Asian Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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