Did You Know?Islam has long been part of the tapestry of American identity; the first Muslims were brought here as slaves in the 16th century, many from West Africa. In the New World, 10 to 20 percent of slaves were Muslim, according to scholars.
The first wave of Muslim immigrants in modern history began in the late 1800s; mostly from the Levant, they sought economic opportunities and settled largely in the Midwest. The first mosque was in North Dakota.
Where do they live?Muslims in the United States are a racially and ethnically diverse group—and a growing one, despite a recent rise in anti-Muslim hostility. From dozens of different countries and representing multiple branches of their faith, Muslims now total about 3.45 million people, or one percent of the U.S. population.
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Source Files and Further Info
- Muslims in America (National Geographic)
- U.S. States - Muslim Populations (Huffington Post)You can click through a slideshow to see most and least Muslim states in America.
- Where do American Muslims live? (Muslim Post)
- Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high (CNN)