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Major study of American Muslims to be released

Major study of American Muslims to be released

On Tuesday, April 6, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to release the results of a year-long study of the American Muslim community.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 9 a.m.
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.
Contact: ISPU Director of Development Muzammil Ahmed, 734-368-2127, 586-416-1150, E-Mail: muzammil@enoor.com

The study, coordinated by University of Kentucky Professor Ihsan Bagby, provides a penetrating look at the American Muslim community and its member’s views on policy issues, politics and religion. It also provides a detailed demographic look at the Muslim community in metro Detroit. (Some 1300 American Muslims participated in the study.)

(Note: The full results of the study will be presented by Dr Bagby at the “Islam in America” conference sponsored by Wayne State University and ISPU on April 7th and 8th in Detroit, Mich. For more information about that conference, see: http://www.ispu.us/pdfs/Islam%20in%20America%20Brochure.pdf)

“This report gives us a rare glimpse into a community that is often talked about but rarely understood,” said Farid Senzai, ISPU Director of Research. “It deserves a wide readership and should exert substantial influence on public policy.”

Major findings of the study include:

* The vast majority of Muslim Americans hold “moderate” views on issues of policy, politics and religion.

* More than 90 percent of mosque-attending Muslims support greater involvement in their local community and national politics

For embargoed copies of the report, media professionals may contact the ISPU office at (586) 416-1150. See Also: www.ispu.us

 

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