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 (allied-media.com)
Number of Muslims in the United States (adherents.com)
Daniel Pipes: How Many U.S. Muslims?
Muslim Population in the United States (University of Georgia)

2 Comments:

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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