An unprecedented amount of public attention focused on Muslim Americans in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The U.S. Muslim population has grown in the two decades since, but it is still the case that many Americans know little about Islam or Muslims, and views toward Muslims have become increasingly polarized along political lines.
There were about 2.35 million Muslim adults and children living in the United States in 2007 – accounting for 0.8% of the U.S. population – when Pew Research Center began measuring this group’s size, demographic characteristics and views. Since then, growth has been driven primarily by two factors: the continued flow of Muslim immigrants into the U.S., and Muslims’ tendency to have more children than Americans of other faiths.
In 2015, the Center projected that Muslims could number 3.85 million in the U.S. by 2020 – roughly 1.1% of the total population. However, Muslim population growth from immigration may have slowed recently due to changes in federal immigration policy.
The number of Muslim houses of worship in the U.S. also has increased over the last 20 years. …
If the number of interviews I’ve been doing is any indicator, public attention toward Muslim Americans has been ramping up as we approach September 11, 2021. So I pulled together some @PewReligion work on Muslim Americans https://t.co/hNYFJMzg37
— Besheer Mohamed (@bmoham) September 7, 2021