How Many Muslims Live in the United States?

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There are between five and 12 million Muslims in America as of 2014. There are Muslims from a wide variety of racial backgrounds living in America, and Islamic population in this country is very diverse.

There is evidence to suggest that many of the African slaves that were brought to the United States against their will were practitioners of Islam, though active practice of this faith would have been strongly discouraged by slave owners. The first mosque in America was built in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one of this mosque's practitioners was a veteran who persuaded President Eisenhower to add an option for Muslim religious identification to military dog tags.