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Muslims in America divided on improving image 10 years after 9/11

Image of Muslims in America divided on improving image 10 years after 9/11

The Religion News Service quoted American Muslim Leadership Institute director and co-founder Nadia Roumani in a story about the perception of Muslims approaching the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Americans say they now know more about Islam than they did 10 years ago, but the percentage of Americans with favorable views of Islam has dropped from 41 percent to 30 percent in the past five years, according to the Pew Research Center.

That has left many Muslims exasperated with Islamic advocacy organizations, and sometimes divided over the best ways to use scant resources in hopes of improving American perceptions of Islam.

"The challenge is the onslaught of negative images, negative stereotypes," Roumani told RNS, "and the resources and manpower these (Muslim) groups have just don't match up."

The article also ran in the Huffington Post and the Christian Century.

Read the Article.