July 14th, 2010 19:53 EST
Comprehensive Study of U.S. Mosques
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) today announced the beginning of a comprehensive study of mosques in America.
Between July and September, a team of researchers will contact mosque leaders throughout the United States to complete a questionnaire that will generate a detailed portrait of the American mosque. The U.S. Mosque Study 2010 " final report is expected to be published in February 2011.
The study aims to provide accurate figures on the number of mosques in America, the total number of Muslims associated with mosques and the involvement of women and young adults in mosque life. It will also gauge mosque leaders` attitudes toward issues such as involvement in American civic life and religious radicalization.
The U.S. Mosque Study 2010 will be led by Dr. Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. The study is sponsored by CAIR and ISNA. Co-sponsors include (in alphabetical order): International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), and Muslim Guide.
The study will be conducted in cooperation with Hartford Seminary, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB), and FACT (Faith Communities Today).
The research committee for the study includes Bagby, Iqbal Unus (IIIT), Zahid Bukhari (ICNA), Nihad Awad (CAIR), Safa Zarzour (ISNA), David Roozen (Hartford Seminary and FACT), and Rich Houseal (ASARB).
The U.S. Mosque Study 2010 will use a random sample of all mosques in America. Interviews with leaders from the sample mosques will be conducted by telephone. The goal is to have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The questionnaire will seek data on issues such as prayer attendance, social services offered, mosque involvement in society, demographics of mosque participants, organizational structure, and history and location of the building.
Two years ago, CAIR and ISNA conducted a count of American mosques in preparation for this survey.
CONTACT: Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Tel: 859-494-3743, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org