Webinar: Understanding the Decrease in African American Mosques and Attendees

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Webinar: Understanding the Decrease in African American Mosques and Attendees

The US Mosque Survey 2020 found a sharp decrease in African American Mosques and the number of African American attendees. In 2020, African American mosques comprised 13% of all mosques, but in 2010, African American mosques accounted for 23% of all mosques—a 43% decrease. This is especially noteworthy considering African American Muslims account for roughly 28% of all American Muslims according to ISPU research. In 2020, African American Muslims comprised 16% of all attendees in mosques, but in 2010 that figure was 23%—a 33% decrease. While more study is needed to understand this phenomena, there are apparent causes contributing to the decline of African American converts, the inability of mosques to attract and maintain African American young adults, and the overall aging of African American Muslims, many of whom converted in the 1960s and 1970s.

On Thursday, October 14 at 3PM EST, join a panel of experts and practitioners to learn more about this phenomenon and what is needed to address it. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby (Author, US Mosque Survey 2020)
  • Dr. Besheer Mohamed (Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center)
  • Aisha Al-Adawiya (Founder and President, Women In Islam Inc.)
  • Imam Jihad Saafir (Founder and Executive Director, ISLAH LA)
  • Rasheed El Shabazz (Panel moderator and ISPU Black Muslim Experiences Research Fellow)

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