By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The number of Islamic places of worship in the United States soared 74% in the past decade.
2002 photo by Joe Kohen, AP
[Photo below] Imam Omar Abu Namous, right, leads a prayer service at the Islamic Center of New York. A new study finds New York has more mosques than any other state in the U.S.
While protests against new mosques in New York, Tennessee and California made headlines, the overall number of mosques quietly rose from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010.
And most of their leaders say American society is not hostile to Islam, according to a comprehensive census of U.S. mosques and survey of imams, mosque presidents and board members released Wednesday.
“This is a very healthy community,” said lead researcher and study author Ihsan Bagby, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky.
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