Major study of Islam in America to be released April 26
On Thursday, April 26, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, will hold a news conference to release a major report on the Muslim community in the United States. That report, called "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," is the result of in-depth interviews with a randomized sample of representatives drawn from more than 1200 American mosques.
"The American mosque serves as a unique and dynamic platform for political and social mobilization. Its role as a center for community activity is a major factor in explaining the rapid growth of American Muslim political participation," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
"The Mosque in America" is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind to be conducted in the United States. It is part of a larger study of American congregations called "Faith Communities Today", coordinated by Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religious Research. Muslim organizations sponsoring the report include CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).