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This paper describes how cultural knowledge of social stressors is shared and distributed among Turkish Muslim women (n = 21) in Chicago, Illinois using cultural consensus analysis. Muslim immigrants have been treated as a monolithic group in the American public sphere for decades. Yet they come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious schools of thoughts. Consequently, challenges they face in the United States and issues concerning their country of origin also vary. This research addresses questions about the relative importance of different types of social stressors related to social and economic survival in the United States, culture loss, anti-Muslim sentiment, and political conflict in homeland. Results reveal that there is not a single shared model of social stressors in the sample of Turkish women. However, there is agreement on the rating and ranking of stressors in subgroups that are defined by identifiability as Muslim by others. Findings suggest that even when members of a Muslim immigrant population have the same ethnic background, perception of issues that impact their community may still show variation.