Islam in the United States


Islam is the third largest religion in the United States after Christianity and Judaism.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of ‹See TfD›50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Islam is the religion articulated by the Quran, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God, and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example of Muhammad.

A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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According to a 2010 study, it is followed by 0.9% of the population, compared to 70.6% who follow Christianity, 22.8% unaffiliated, 1.9% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism, and 0.7% Hinduism.

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According to a new estimate in 2016, there are 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States, about 1% of the total U.S. population.

A Muslim, sometimes spelled Moslem, is someone who follows or practises Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion.

Mussulman, Mussulmann, Mussulmen, Musselman, Musselmann, Musulmann may have one of the following meanings.


American Muslims come from various backgrounds and, according to a 2009 Gallup poll, are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States.


Native-born American Muslims are mainly African Americans who make up about a quarter of the total Muslim population.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa.


Many of these have converted to Islam during the last seventy years.


Conversion to Islam in large urban areas has also contributed to its growth over the years.

An urban area is a human settlement with high population density and infrastructure of built environment.


While an estimated 10 to 30 percent of the slaves brought to colonial America from Africa arrived as Muslims, Islam was stringently suppressed on plantations.


Prior to the late 19th century, most documented non-enslaved Muslims in North America were merchants, travelers, and sailors.

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere.


From the 1880s to 1914, several thousand Muslims immigrated to the United States from the former territories of the Ottoman Empire and the former Mughal Empire.

The Ottoman Empire, also known as the Turkish Empire, Ottoman Turkey, was an empire founded at the end of the thirteenth century in northwestern Anatolia in the vicinity of Bilecik and Söğüt by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman.

The Mughal Empire or Mogul Empire, self-designated as Gurkani, was an empire in the Indian subcontinent, established and ruled by a Muslim dynasty of Chagatai Turco-Mongol origin from Central Asia.


The Muslim population of the U.S. increased dramatically in the 20th century, with much of the growth driven by a comparatively high birth rate and immigrant communities of mainly Arab and South Asian descent.

South Asia or Southern Asia is a term used to represent the southern region of the Asian continent, which comprises the sub-Himalayan SAARC countries and, for some authorities, adjoining countries to the west and east.


About 72% of American Muslims are immigrants or "second generation".


In 2005, more people from Muslim-majority countries became legal permanent United States residents—nearly 96,000—than there had been in any other year in the previous two decades.


In 2009, more than 115,000 Muslims became legal residents of the United States.

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