When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom

When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom

by Asma T Uddin


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A galvanizing look at constitutional freedoms in the United States through the prism of attacks on the rights of American Muslims.

American Muslim religious liberty lawyer Asma Uddin has long considered her work defending people of all faiths to be a calling more than a job. Yet even as she seeks equal protection for Evangelicals, Sikhs, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, and Catholics alike, she has seen an ominous increase in attempts to criminalize Islam and exclude Muslim Americans from those protections.

Somehow, the view that Muslims aren’t human enough for human rights or constitutional protections is moving from the fringe to the mainstream—along with the claim “Islam is not a religion.” This conceit is not just a threat to the First Amendment rights of American Muslims. It is a threat to the freedom of all Americans.

Her new book reveals a significant but overlooked danger to our religious liberty. Woven throughout this national saga is Uddin’s own story and the stories of American Muslims and other people of faith who have faced tremendous indignities as they attempt to live and worship freely.

Combining her experience of Islam as a religious truth and her legal and philosophical appreciation that all individuals have a right to religious liberty, Uddin examines the shifting tides of American culture and outlines a way forward for individuals and communities navigating today’s culture wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643131313
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,222,576
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Asma T. Uddin is a religious liberty lawyer who has worked on cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and federal trial courts. She is the founding editor­-in­-chief of altmuslimah.com and was an executive producer for the Emmy and Peabody­-nominated docuseries, The Secret Life of Muslims. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Teen Vogue. Asma lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Part I "Stop the Islamization of America."

Chapter 1 "Islam is not a religion." 31

Chapter 2 "I think Islam hates us." 65

Chapter 3 "What is religious freedom, anyway?" 104

Chapter 4 "You have to deal with the mosques." 139

Chapter 5 "What is sharia and why does it matter?" 176

Part II "Good" versus "Bad" Muslims

Chapter 6 "If you hate terror, stay here." 213

Chapter 7 "Why hijab?" 251

Chapter 8 "Who you gonna call? Religious Liberty Task Force!" 280

Acknowledgments 321

About the Author 323

Appendix 325

Notes 328

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