American Muslims: The Community and Their Relations with Jews

By Noam Ivri

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), January 16, 2011

Muslims in the United States number slightly under three million according to the most accurate population studies. They are among the wealthiest, most educated, and most ethnically diverse Muslim communities in the world. Their integration into the United States is remarkably different than in European countries, most notably in the near-absence of Muslim ghettos or enclaves common across the Atlantic. Two nationwide and scores of local dialogue initiatives between Jews and Muslims have taken root, especially over the past decade. Most focus on common religious themes and mutual civic issues rather than hot-button political questions. Despite modest successes, the differences over Israel and questions regarding some Muslims' sincere embrace of moderate positions still present stumbling blocks to sustained contacts, especially at the national level. Jewish groups differ significantly over respective approaches to dialogue and suitable Muslim partners. Most recently, the intense national debate over the planned New York mosque has polarized Muslim-Jewish relations and served as a sort of litmus test for future contacts.

Topic: Antisemitism, Islam, Violence, Demography, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Discourse and Dialogue

Name of Publication: Changing Jewish Communities

Volume/Issue: No. 64

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Ivri, Noam. American Muslims: The Community and Their Relations with Jews. Changing Jewish Communities. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 16 January 2011:


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