Major Study of Islam in America to Be Released April 26; Report Is Largest and Most Comprehensive Survey of American Mosques

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following has been issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations:
 
     WHAT:      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).
 
                During the news conference, the following questions will be
                addressed:
 
                *  How many Muslims are there in America?
 
                *  How has the Muslim population changed in the past four
                   decades?
 
                *  What is the ethnic, demographic and geographic breakdown of
                   the American Muslim community?
 
                *  What are the characteristics of Americans who convert to
                   Islam?
 
                *  What role do Muslim women play in the mosque?
 
                *  What are the attitudes of American Muslims toward political
                   participation?
 
                *  What is the average mosque attendance?
 
                *  Who are the decision-makers in American mosques?
 
                *  What are the characteristics of mosque leaders?
 
                *  How are decisions made in the mosque?
 
                *  What is the status of Islamic education?
 
     WHEN:      Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m.
 
     WHERE:     National Press Club
                Lisagor Room, 13th Floor
                National Press Building
                14th and F Streets, N.W.
                Washington, D.C.
 
     CONTACT:  Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
 202-488-8787, or 202-489-5108, or E-Mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following has been issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations:
 
     WHAT:      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).
 
                During the news conference, the following questions will be
                addressed:
 
                *  How many Muslims are there in America?
 
                *  How has the Muslim population changed in the past four
                   decades?
 
                *  What is the ethnic, demographic and geographic breakdown of
                   the American Muslim community?
 
                *  What are the characteristics of Americans who convert to
                   Islam?
 
                *  What role do Muslim women play in the mosque?
 
                *  What are the attitudes of American Muslims toward political
                   participation?
 
                *  What is the average mosque attendance?
 
                *  Who are the decision-makers in American mosques?
 
                *  What are the characteristics of mosque leaders?
 
                *  How are decisions made in the mosque?
 
                *  What is the status of Islamic education?
 
     WHEN:      Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m.
 
     WHERE:     National Press Club
                Lisagor Room, 13th Floor
                National Press Building
                14th and F Streets, N.W.
                Washington, D.C.
 
     CONTACT:  Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
 202-488-8787, or 202-489-5108, or E-Mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com.
 
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