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Survey: U.S. Muslim women liberated
by Julia Duin
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."
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