How Many Sunni Iranian Americans Are There?

Interesting query from friend: how many Sunni Iranian Americans are there? My calculation:

About 10% of Iran is Sunni, but that is because of ethnic Turks, Arabs, and Afghans in the country. There are maybe at most 500K Iranian Americans in the US today. A 2012 Zogby poll estimates that only 31% of Iranian Americans are Muslim! If we preserve the shia-sunni ratio in Iran, that means around 10K Sunni Iranian Americans. Probably fewer since, again, in Iran, other ethnicities make up the majority of the Sunni demographic.


Interesting query from friend: how many Sunni Iranian Americans are there? My calculation:About 10% of Iran is Sunni,…

Posted by Daniel Haqiqatjou on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Salamun alaykum,

10% is an really outdated estimation. Non-regime sources like Iranian Sunni organisations estimate that Iranian Sunnis make up at least 15-20% of Iran’s population. Besides, all Turks (Azeris) in Iran are Shia (except very few towns in Azerbaijan province of Iran) and most Arabs in Iran are Shia too. Also most Afghan refugees in Iran are Hazara Shias.

Most Iranian Shias are from Iranic tribes like Kurds, Baloch and even Persians (ethnic Persian Sunnis of the Khorasan region of Iran and southern Persian Sunnis who are to this very day a majority Sunni people).


Sir, a slight mistake on your part. ‘Most Iranian **Sunnis** are from Iranic tribes…’ will be the sentence.

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