September 19, 2011
CFR: Muslims in the United States
by Toni Johnson
Council on Foreign Relations
Since 9/11, the U.S. war on terror abroad and domestic terror incidents involving U.S. and immigrant Muslims have focused attention on Islam in the United States. Muslims face increased scrutiny and backlash on issues ranging from mosques and sharia law to questions of terrorism. U.S. Muslims are more affluent, educated, and culturally integrated than Muslims in Western Europe, but some experts warn that this atmosphere of mistrust can fuel feelings of alienation. Others say the United States has weathered other bitter discussions about ethnic and religious integration and that the debate about Muslims in America will likely diminish over time.
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