Report Finds Muslims Loyal To U.S., Optimistic

By Frannie Carr

Aug. 3, 2011

BOSTON — Local Muslims are responding to a the findings of a new Gallup poll comparing the attitudes of Muslim Americans to Americans of other faiths.

The decorated exterior of the Islamic Society of Boston. (jooleeah_stahkey via Flickr)

The report found that ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, the vast majority of Muslim Americans are loyal to the United States and are more optimistic than other major faith group about their future.
Ali Asania professor of Islamic Religion and Culture at Harvard University, said while the results are heartening, there is still a larger construct of Muslim Americans as “the other” that needs to be broken down.
"People are afraid of what they don't know. When somebody sees a woman in a hijab, and they assume she's fundamentalist, but if they had a conversation with her, they get a very different impression," Asani said.

"We need to be thinking about what it means to be American in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial society. We can all be different, but we can also be united in our differences, in our loyalty to the country”

The poll included interviews from about 2,500 people, a fifth of whom identified themselves as Muslim. 

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