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CAIR Co-Sponsors Comprehensive Study of American Mosques

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/17/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), announced today that it is co-sponsoring the “2020 U.S. Mosque Survey,” a comprehensive study of mosques in America.

Every decade, beginning in 2000, CAIR has joined other American Muslim organizations to gather information on mosque numbers, activities, programs, and organizational structure so that Muslim leaders and researchers can develop strategies to strengthen their institutions. The survey is also designed to generate an accurate picture of mosques for the general public.

Muslim organizations supporting the survey include CAIR, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Center for Muslim Philanthropy, Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

SEE: The American Mosque 2011

The American Mosque 2011 – Women and the American Mosque

The Mosque in America: A National Portrait (2001)

Two previous surveys in 2000 and 2010 offered scientific evidence that the number of American mosques is growing and that mosques are positive contributors to local communities.

The 2020 survey seeks to identify every mosque in America then – once a sample is taken – to conduct a telephone interview of mosque leaders. All the information gathered will be confidential.

The lead researcher for the project is Dr. Ihsan Bagby, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bagby previously served as a CAIR national board member and most recently as a board member of CAIR-Kentucky.

The Research Committee that formulated the survey with Dr. Bagby includes Dalia Mogahed (ISPU), Shariq Siddiqui (Center for Muslim Philanthropy), Zubair Zafar (ISNA), Besheer Mohamed (Pew), Riad Ali (The Muslim Guide) and Scott Thumma (Hartford Seminary).

The results of the Survey are expected to be published as a report in the fall of 2020.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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