THE AMERICAN MOSQUE 2020:

Growing and Evolving

The US Mosque Survey 2020 is a comprehensive statistical study of mosques located in the United States. The survey is an ongoing decadal survey which was conducted previously in 2000 and 2010. Reports featuring the results will occasionally include results from a 1994 survey which was conducted by the Islamic Resource Center, using the same methodology as the US Mosque Surveys.

The purpose of the US Mosque Survey is to conduct a scientific study that will generate accurate information about most aspects of the American mosque. The goal is to provide a detailed portrait of the American mosque to dispel misconceptions and to help mosque leaders and participants better understand their mosque, hopefully leading to improvements.

Reports 1 and 2 of the US Mosque Survey 2020

The results of the US Mosque Survey 2020 are divided into two reports authored by Dr. Ihsan Bagby. Report 1 focuses on essential statistics, mosque participants, and mosque administration. Report 2 focuses on Islamic approaches in understanding Islam, perspectives of mosque leaders on American society, mosque activities, and women in the mosque.

The results of the US Mosque Survey as detailed in reports 1 and 2 include both Shi’ite and Sunni mosques. However, it was thought appropriate to have a separate section for Shi’ite mosques in both reports to reveal similarities and differences with Sunni mosques.

Report Partner Organizations

Center on Muslim Philanthropy

The Center on Muslim Philanthropy seeks to strengthen Muslim philanthropy in United States by promoting research, best practices and education. We imagine a social good community of non-profit professionals, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists fulfilling their mission collaboratively and making the world a better place. 

Islamic Society of North America

At ISNA, we believe that Muslim Americans are a positive force in society through their work for spiritual and civic engagement in the US and beyond. Our mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and a better understanding of Islam. We strive to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large

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Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

ISPU provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. Our research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media, and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions.

Mosque Survey Reports

  • The US Mosque Survey 2020 is a comprehensive statistical study of mosques located in the United States. The survey is an ongoing decadal survey which was conducted previously in 2000 and 2010. Reports featuring the results will occasionally include results from a 1994 survey which...

  • This document contains a selection of key findings from Report 1 of the US Mosque Survey 2020, including data on number of mosques, mosque participation, role of imams, mosque governance, and more. The US Mosque Survey 2020 is a comprehensive statistical study of mosques located...

  • The US Mosque Survey 2020 is a comprehensive statistical study of mosques located in the United States. The survey is an ongoing decadal survey which was conducted previously in 2000 and 2010. Reports featuring the results will occasionally include results from a 1994 survey which...

  • This document contains a selection of key findings from Report 2 of the US Mosque Survey 2020, including data on Islamic approaches, perspectives on American society, mosque activities, women in the mosque, and Shi’ite mosques. The US Mosque Survey 2020 is a comprehensive statistical study...

Three Decades of US Mosque Survey

All of the US Mosque Surveys (2000, 2010, and 2020) were conducted in collaboration with a larger study of American congregations called Faith Communities Today (FACT), which is a project of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), a multi-faith coalition of numerous denominations and faith groups, headquartered at Hartford Seminary. The strategy of FACT is to develop a common questionnaire and then have the member faith groups use that questionnaire to conduct a survey of their respective congregations. The US Mosque Surveys took the FACT common questionnaire and modified it to fit the mosque context.

The primary sponsors of the US Mosque Survey 2020 include many organizations: Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Center for Muslim Philanthropy, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), and the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). Other important supporters include Intuitive Solutions, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Hartford Institute for Religion Research (Hartford Seminary).

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Infographics

Graphs for Report 1 of the US Mosque Survey 2020

Click here to download all 41 graphs from Report 1.

MOSQUE NUMBERS AND LOCATIONS

MOSQUE OPPOSITION AND SAFETY

CONVERSIONS AND MOSQUE ATTENDANCE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MOSQUES AND ATTENDEES

YOUNG ADULT MUSLIMS

IMAM AGE, EMPLOYMENT, AND EDUCATION

IMAM NATIONALITY AND SALARY

MOSQUE GOVERNING BODIES

MOSQUE BOARDS, COMMITTEES, AND DECISION MAKERS

MOSQUE CONFLICT AND EMPLOYMENT

MOSQUE BUDGETS AND FUNDRAISING

SHI’ITE MOSQUES

Graphs for Report 2 of the US Mosque Survey 2020

Click here to download all 28 graphs and figures from Report 2.

INVOLVEMENT IN AND PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN SOCIETY

MOSQUE PROGRAMS, GROUPS, AND INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, AND ISLAMIC SCHOOLS

USE OF DIVIDER IN THE MOSQUE

WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION ON MOSQUE BOARDS

WOMEN’S JUM’AH ATTENDANCE, WOMEN’S PROGRAMS, AND THE WOMEN-FRIENDLY MOSQUE

SHI’ITE MOSQUES

Dive into the Data

Click here to download all 41 graphs and figures from Report 1.

Click here to download all 28 graphs and figures from Report 2.

Videos

From civic engagement, to Islamophobia, to forming political coalitions, there’s a lot of data to deep-dive in ISPU’s 2020 American Muslim Poll. This series of webinars covers the major topics from the poll, presented alongside discussion with panels of experts.

Over the last five years, ISPU has conducted groundbreaking surveys of Americans who are Muslim. In this short video, we share five trends we’ve discovered from our five years of American Muslim Polls.

In the News

In the News

Meet the Research Advisory Committee

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Primary Investigator and Report Author

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Riad Ali

President and Founder, American Muslim Research and Data Center

Dr. Zahid Bukhari

Director, ICNA Council for Social Justice

Dr. Besheer Mohamed

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui

Director, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, Indiana University

Dr. Scott Thumma

Professor of Sociology of Religion, Hartford Seminary

ISPU Publication Staff

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research

Erum Ikramullah

Erum Ikramullah

Research Project Manager

Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Director of Communications

Rebecka Green

Communications and Creative Media Specialist

Meet the Research Advisory Committee

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Primary Investigator and Report Author

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Report Co-Author

Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Riad Ali

President and Founder, American Muslim Research and Data Center

Dr. Zahid Bukhari

Director, ICNA Council for Social Justice

Dr. Besheer Mohamed

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui

Director, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative, Indiana University

Dr. Scott Thumma

Professor of Sociology of Religion, Hartford Seminary

ISPU Publication Staff

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research

Erum Ikramullah

Erum Ikramullah

Research Project Manager

Katherine Coplen

Kat Coplen

Director of Communications

Rebecka Green

Communications and Creative Media Specialist

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