Islamic Society of North America
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By 1982, the Muslim population had exploded in both size and diversity -- with the number of mosques in America tripling to more than 600 between 1960 and 1980. In an effort to unite and support this growth and diversification, several Muslim organizations, in collaboration with the Muslim Student Association, formed an umbrella group called the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Headquartered among the cornfields of Deerfield, Ind., its building includes a mosque, meeting space, offices and a playground. In addition to its annual national convention, which draws upward of 50,000 people, ISNA offers myriad regional conferences, webinars and other events to share ideas, create alliances and educate adherents on various topics.

Since its founding, ISNA has branched out into improving interfaith relations, as well as getting involved in civic issues across the country. It is considered one of the largest Muslim organizations in America.
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Islamic Society of North America building in Plainfield, Indiana- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Baxter1961 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

43rd Annual ISNA Convention- Flickr- photo by Leena J (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Muslim Students Association- Flickr- US Department of Homeland Security photo by Jetta Disco

ISNA High School & Mosque- Flickr- photo by Indrean Ramalingam (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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The Pluralism Project, Harvard University, "Emerging Islamic Infrastructure"
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Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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