Why Inmates Are Converting to Islam | AJ+

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Islam isn’t just the fastest-growing religion in the world, it’s also the fastest-growing faith in U.S. prisons. But why do so many inmates turn to this religion?

10 to 15% of U.S. prisoners are Muslim, and many of them had to fight to practice their faith behind bars. So how different is observing Islam while incarcerated? And what happens to their faith when new converts are released?

Learn more here:

Pew Research Center. “Why Muslims Are the World’s Fastest-Growing Religious Group.” http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/06/why-muslims-are-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religious-group/

Prison Policy Initiative. “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017.” https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017.html

The Islamic Monthly. “Prison: A Sacred Space in American Islam.” https://www.theislamicmonthly.com/american-prisons-sacred-space-american-islam/

Presented by: Shreen Khan
Written by: Imaeyen Ibanga, Shreen Khan
Camera by: Brian Joseph, Michael Zipkin
Edited by: Michael Zipkin
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Produced by: Imaeyen Ibanga, Shreen Khan, Kathryn Wheeler

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