American Muslims include some of the world's most liberated Islamic women and the largest percentage of young people of any religious community in the country, according to a new report issued Monday by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.
The survey also coined a new phrase: "post 9/11 trauma" to apply to the country's estimated 2 million to 4 million Muslims.
Fifty-nine percent of Muslim-American women work; a greater percentage than women in other faiths, according to "Muslim Americans: A National Portrait." The survey, which polled 946 self-identified Muslims from January to November 2008, has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percent.
Whereas women in Muslim majority countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt are only half as likely to attend Friday prayers at a mosque, 40 percent of Muslim women attend mosque here, about par with 42 percent of Muslim men.
It's "not true" that U.S. Muslim women are oppressed, Ahmed Younis, a senior analyst for the center said. "Muslim women are roughly equal to men in education, income and mosque attendance."