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

Leture by religious liberty lawyer Asma Uddin on her recent book.

Lecture by Asma Uddin followed by a panel discussion with Washington University scholars.



Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

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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 affects all Americans because the loss of liberty for one means the loss of liberties for everyone.

Join us when Asma Uddin unpacks these claims in an overview of her new book, followed by a panel discussion where she will be joined by Tazeen Ali and Laurie Maffly-Kipp.

Asma T. Uddin is a religious liberty lawyer and scholar working for the protection of religious expression for people of all faiths in the U.S. and abroad. She is Senior Scholar with the Religious Freedom Center at the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. Uddin has worked on religious liberty cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and federal trial courts. Her legal, academic, and policy work focuses on freedom of expression such as religious garb, land use, access to religious materials in prison, rights of parochial schools, religious arbitration, etc. In addition to her legal work, Uddin writes and speaks on Muslims and gender. She is the founding editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com and has advised numerous media projects on American Muslims. She earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School. Read more here.

Tazeen Ali is Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and is the director of the Washington University Religious Studies program. John Inazu will moderate the panel discussion and is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor in Law and Religion, a joint appointment in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Washington University Law School.

Cosponsored by the WU Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series.

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  • Asma Uddin

  • John D. Inazu

    Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)

  • Tazeen M. Ali

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics

  • Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

    Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor & Interim Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education