American Mosques Focus of New Survey

July 18, 2010

From The Huffington Post (RNS)
Muslim-American organizations have launched what they say will be the most comprehensive survey of mosques in the United States in a decade. “This is the biggest mosque survey since 9/11,” said Ihsan Bagby, an Islamic Studies professor at the University of Kentucky, who is leading this survey and worked on the last one in 2000.
Like that survey, the new one will provide figures for the number of U.S. mosques, the number of Muslims associated with those mosques, and attempt to ascertain the status of women in mosques. In addition, new questions will focus on radicalization and whether it is considered a growing problem in Muslim communities. It’s “a new concern within America and among American Muslims, an issue we’re dealing with,” Bagby said.
The survey is sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and six other Muslim groups. Researchers counted 1,900 mosques in a preliminary survey two years ago, and intend to call leaders of 600 mosques with questions between July and September. Bagby hopes at least 500 leaders will respond. Final results are expected next February.
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