For American Muslims, the decade since 9/11 has been one long struggle for identity. Take a look at this exclusive series by the Denver Post examining Islam in America. This is the first part in a three-part series.
PART I: A diverse Muslim population confronts a choice: step forward or retreat
The attacks carried out by men who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam happened as the majority of U.S. Muslims were quietly living their lives and comfortably assimilating.
Then came the aftershocks: the Muslim condemnations of extremism, the complaints that that wasn’t enough, the evangelist who called Islam an evil and wicked religion, the Patriot Act, two wars.
Yet in the years since 9/11, surveys of American Muslims have portrayed not an isolated community but one that is loyal to the U.S., happy and hopeful for the future — although concerned about discrimination, dubious about the FBI and irrevocably changed by that dark morning.