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Title: Building on Faith


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Building on Faith
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Building on Faith
The growth of Islam in the United States
Minaret capping ceremony at the new Islamic
Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in
Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 9, 2007.
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The United States is a nation of deep faith.
In an adult population of 250 million people,
more than 90 percent believe in God and more than
half rank religion as very important in their
lives.
Believe religion is very important Believe religion is very important
Total population 56 percent
Christian 70 percent
Jewish 31 percent
Muslim 72 percent
Buddhist 35 percent
Hindu 45 percent
Unaffiliated 16 percent
Believe in God or a universal spirit Believe in God or a universal spirit
Total Population 92 percent
Christian 98 percent
Jewish 83 percent
Muslim 92 percent
Buddhist 75 percent
Hindu 70 percent
Unaffiliated 70 percent
From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum
on Religion Public Life, June 2008
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The United States is a nation of many diverse
faiths.
The Pew Forum on Religion Public Life lists 140
different religions in the U.S. These fall into
a handful of main groups.
Christian
Jewish
Muslim
Buddhist
Hindu
Unaffiliated
From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum
on Religion Public Life, June 2008
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The United States is a nation of many diverse
faiths.
Nearly 80 percent are Christian, which themselves
are divided into many smaller religions.
Christian 78.5 percent
Protestant 51.3 percent
Catholic 23.9 percent
Mormon 1.7 percent
Jehovahs Witness .7 percent
Orthodox .6 percent
Other Christian .3 percent
Christian
Jewish
Muslim
Buddhist
Hindu
Unaffiliated
From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum
on Religion Public Life, June 2008
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The United States is a nation of many diverse
faiths.
The remainder comprise four main religions, plus
those unaffiliated with any organized group.

Jewish 1.7 percent
Muslim .6 percent
Buddhist .7 percent
Hindu .4 percent
Unaffiliated 16 percent
From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum
on Religion Public Life, June 2008
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How many are Muslim?
The Pew Study estimates a Muslim American
population of .6 percent of the total, or
approximately 2.35 million Muslims nationwide.


Muslim .6 percent
1.5 million adults (18 over) 850,000 under 18 2.35 million



Jewish 1.7 percent
Muslim .6 percent
Buddhist .7 percent
Hindu .4 percent
Unaffiliated 16 percent
From Muslim Americans Middle Class and Mostly
Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007
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Where do they come from?
Most American Muslims 65 - were born elsewhere
and more than 50 immigrated to the United States
since 1980.
Year of arrival 1990 2007 39 percent 1980
1989 15 percent Before 1980 11 percent
Worshippers listen to the Khutba during Friday
Prayer at the annual Islamic Society of North
America
From Muslim Americans Middle Class and Mostly
Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007
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Where do they come from?
Most American Muslims 65 were born elsewhere
and have immigrated to the United States since
1980.
Foreign-born American Muslims Foreign-born American Muslims
Arab region 24 percent
Pakistan 8 percent
Other - South Asia 10 percent
Iran 8 percent
Europe 5 percent
Other - Africa 4 percent
Other 6 percent
Total 65 percent of Muslims in U.S.
An immigrant prays.
From Muslim Americans Middle Class and Mostly
Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007
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Where do they come from?
The majority of native-born Muslims are African
American, and the majority are converts to Islam.
Native-born American Muslims Native-born American Muslims
African American 20 percent
Other 15 percent
Total 35 percent of Muslims in U.S.

Converts to Islam 21 percent
Born Muslim 14 percent
Total 35 percent of Muslims in U.S.
Prayer service at a mosque in Springfield,
Massachusetts.
From Muslim Americans Middle Class and Mostly
Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007
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Where do they live?
American Muslims are fairly evenly distributed
across the country.
Northeast 29 percent
Midwest 22 percent
West 18 percent
South 32 percent
From Muslim Americans Middle Class and Mostly
Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007
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Where do they worship?
Regional distribution of mosques in the United
States
Northeast 30 percent
Midwest 29 percent
West 15 percent
South 26 percent
From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum
on Religion Public Life, June 2008
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Growth of Mosques in the United States
The number of mosques in the United States has
doubled in the last 15 years.
Year Number of mosques
1994 962
2000 1,209
2008 2,000
The Mosque in America A National Portrait,
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
2001 Islamic Architecture, Art, and Urbanism,
MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) 2008 IslamiCity.com
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Growth of Mosques in the United States
The number of mosques in the United States has
doubled in the last 15 years.
California has the most - more than 300. Shown at
far left is the Islamic Society of Orange County,
California. Michigan has the largest - Islamic
Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, top
left. The 70,000 square foot facility, built in
2005, can accommodate more than 3,000
worshipers. Iowa has the oldest The Mother
Mosque built in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Though a larger facility was opened in the 1970s
the Mother Mosque remains in use.
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Growth of Mosques in the United States
One example of how mosques grow in the United
States.
Islamic Center of Boise Shiite and Sunni
(Islam) 2719 Stewart Ave, Boise, Idaho 83702 The
first Muslim in Boise, a student at Boise State
University, arrived in 1955. In 1982 the first
community of Muslims formed with 15-20 people.
Prayers were held in individual homes until 1989
when the community began renting an apartment
building. In 1996 the Muslim community grew
significantly due to the influx of computer
software companies and refugees from Bosnia,
Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2002,
after 12 years of fundraising, the Boise Muslims
purchased the building that is now the Boise
Mosque and Islamic Center. The building was
formerly a church, and then a dance studio. From
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
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Coast to coast tour of Mosques in the United
States
From Boston, Massachusetts to Garden Grove,
California
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A Nation of Mosques
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Ramadan Greetings
I send greetings to Muslims observing Ramadan
in America and around the world. Ramadan, the
holiest days of the Islamic faith, begins with
the first light of dawn and commemorates the
revelation of the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad.
During the days of fasting, prayer, and worship,
Muslims reflect and remember their dependence on
God. Ramadan is also an occasion for Muslims to
strengthen family and community ties and share
God's gifts with those in need. America is a
land of many faiths, and our society is enriched
by our Muslim citizens. May the holy days of
Ramadan remind us all to seek a culture of
compassion and serve others in charity. Laura
and I send our best wishes. Ramadan
Mubarak. GEORGE W. BUSH
President George W. Bush, right, listens as Imam
Talal Eid, left, delivers his prayer before the
Iftar dinner, in the State Dining Room of the
White House.
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Credits and resources
Sources U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew
Forum on Religion Public Life, June
2008 http//religions.pewforum.org Muslim
Americans Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew
Research Center, May 2007 http//pewforum.org/surv
eys/muslim-american The Pluralism Project at
Harvard University http//www.pluralism.org The
Mosque in America A National Portrait, Council
on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
2001 http//www.cair.com Dr. Omar Khalidi,
Islamic Architecture, Art, and Urbanism, MIT
Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) http//libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/isl
amicarchitecture/visual/usamosques.html Photo
Credits Aramco Services Company Associated
Press Dr. Omar Khalidi, Islamic Architecture
Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) The Pluralism Project at Harvard
University
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For more Information
http//America.gov
United States Department of State / Bureau of
International Information Programs
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