'I am you:' American Muslims on faith -- and fear
Updated 5:57 PM ET, Tue February 23, 2016
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(CNN)In a time of terrorism, suspicion and doubt have put a sharp focus on American Muslims after violent attacks rocked Paris, San Bernardino, California, and many other places around the world. With about 3 million Muslims living in the United States, many Americans want to know: Who are they? CNN interviewed some Muslim Americans who reveal how complicated it has become to practice their faith in a country they love.
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- There are 3.3 million Muslims in the U.S., which is about 1% of the country's population.
- 65% of Muslims in the U.S. identify with Sunni Islam. 11% identify as Shia. 15%, that's about 1 in 7 Muslims, have no specific affiliation, describing themselves, for example, as "just a Muslim."
- Among African-American Muslims who were born in the U.S., 63% are converts to the faith.
- About 7 in 10 U.S. Muslims (69%) say religion is "very important" in their lives. Similar to U.S. Christians, among whom 70% say religion is very important in their lives.
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- More incidents of threats, harassment and vandalism against mosques were recorded in 2015 than in any year since the Council on American-Islamic Relations started keeping track in 2009.
- In 2015, American mosques and Islamic centers have been the victims of vandalism, harassment and anti-Muslim bigotry at least 63 times that year through December 8.
- November 2015 had 17 anti-Muslim incidents at mosques. That's the most incidents in one month since documentation started in 2009. November was the month 130 people died in terror attacks in Paris.