The number of mosques in America has jumped 74 percent since 2000, and the majority of them — 56 percent — espouse a less-than-literal approach to interpreting Islam’s holy texts.

These are some of the findings of a major new survey of American mosques that was released Wednesday (Feb. 29), the third study produced by a coalition of Islamic civic groups and Muslim and non-Muslim religion scholars.

“Islam,” said David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, part of a Protestant seminary, “is one of the few growth spots in America’s religious mosaic.”

Leaders of the institutions that sponsored the survey offered it as a counterargument to the currents of Islamophobia that they say have tainted much political and personal discourse during the past 10 years.

The report, they said, shows a strong willingness on the part of mosque leaders to encourage worshippers to engage in American society, including its politics.

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