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The United States is home to one of the most diverse Muslim communities in the world, with a total population estimated between 3 million and 6 million people.

"The Muslim-American population is largely middle class, mostly mainstream, assimilated, happy with their lives and moderate on many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world," says Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.

One example is Shahed Amanullah, an engineer and editor-in-chief of the Web site altmuslim.com, who says, "American values are, by and large, very consistent with Islamic values, with a focus on family, faith, hard work and an obligation to better self and society."

Most Muslims living in the United States said they do not perceive a conflict between practicing their religion and living in a modern society, and they believe hard work is rewarded in America, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project survey, which was conducted by the Pew Research Center, an independent, nonpartisan opinion-research group.


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