As the anniversary of the September the eleventh attacks approaches, many American Muslims believe they are facing increasing discrimination and a new level of hostility.
This hostility has been exacerbated by the row over the planned construction of an Islamic centre in New York City, close to the site of the World Trade Centre.
The BBC's James Coomarasamy has been discussing this with the first Muslim member of the US Congress, Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
He begins by asking him what he thinks about the wisdom of building the Islamic centre.
First broadcast 6 September 2010
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