Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Ethnic Origins of American Muslims

Here's another surprise. According to the U.S. State Department, only 25% of American Muslims are Arab. Here's the complete breakdown:
South Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Afghani) = 33 percent
African-America = 30 percent
Arab = 25 percent
Sub-Saharan African = 3.4 percent
European (Bosnian, Tartar, Kosovar, etc.) = 2.1 percent
White American = 1.6 percent
Southeast Asian ( Malaysian, Indonesian, Filipino) = 1.3 percent
Caribbean = 1.2 percent
Turkish = 1.1 percent
Iranian = 0.7 percent
Hispanic/Latino = 0.6 percent
Total population numbers are disputed by some. The same government page lists the number of American Muslims "associated with a mosque" at 2 million, though other groups say the number is much higher. Here's a range of articles:

Muslims in America: Profile (
Number of Muslims in the United States (
Daniel Pipes: How Many U.S. Muslims?
Muslim Population in the United States (University of Georgia)


Blogger L.Austin Bernard said...

The problem with those estimates is it is based around the Mosques who have a good incentive to round up...some times way up

7:34 PM  
Blogger aladdin said...

There was a pretty broad range of numbers on the various sites I found--from 1.5 million to something like 6 or 8--which is why I went with the fairly conservative government number of 2 million.

9:13 PM  

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