Asma Uddin

Asma Uddin

Asma Uddin

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Asma T. Uddin is a fellow with the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. She is also a Berkley Center research fellow. Uddin previously served as counsel with Becket, a non-profit law firm specializing in U.S. and international religious freedom cases, and director of strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, a non-profit engaged in religious liberty in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts. She is widely published by law reviews, university presses, and national and international newspapers. She is also an expert advisor on religious liberty to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her expertise in religious liberty, Uddin writes and speaks on gender and Islam, and she is the founding editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a staff editor at the University of Chicago Law Review.

Education

JD, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  1. Law and Religion (Church/State Relations)
  2. International Human Rights Law on Religious Freedom
  3. Islam and Religious Freedom
  4. American Muslims and Gender Relations

Publications

  • In the anti-sharia laws being enacted today in states across the country, we see a modern-day example of laws targeting one group but ultimately affecting many others. In evaluating the significance of these laws and formulating solutions, it is important to place them in the...

  • Is ‘hashtag activism’ doing enough to stop bad speech about minority communities and affect social change? The tweet is mightier than the sword. Social media campaigns by members of minority communities are responding to racism and stereotyping in the media, and getting results. For instance,...

  • In a way, it’s difficult to imagine this playing out any other way. Anyone who saw the apparently impromptu press conference in which a freshly disgraced Anthony Weiner stood in front of reporters and recited a fairly vanilla post-scandal statement couldn’t help but notice the...

  • In his essay, “Islam and Constitutionalism,” Sohail H. Hashmi boldly confronts a difficult question: Are Islam and constitutionalism compatible? On his account, a functioning constitutional system has three essential features: (1) limited and accountable government; (2) adherence to the rule of law; and (3) protection...

  • “Mom, who is that man?” Zaynab, my 5-year-old daughter asks, inevitably both fascinated and a bit frightened every time we’re at a stoplight and a beggar approaches our car. “That man has no home or food. He wants us to help him.” The beggar at...

  • The Qur’an 2:256 states: “There is no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error.” Countless scholars have translated these words over time according to their own linguistic and grammatical understandings, yet the main idea remains the same: People cannot be forced to believe...

  • As Ramadan sets in, Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are fighting for the right to celebrate as faithful Muslims. Yesterday, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a request for a temporary restraining order on behalf of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Becket’s brief requested that...

  • Ten years after September 11, 2001, the American Muslim community continues to be surrounded by a fear created and promoted mostly by a small group of anti-Muslim organizations and individuals. Collectively, these groups have spread their message in twenty-three states through books, reports, websites, and...

  • There are those who would learn that Catholic University of America, a private, Catholic institution, has doubled its Muslim student enrollment in just four years, and think happy thoughts about interfaith cooperation and growing religious harmony. Then there are those who see potential lawsuits, dollar...

  • Another school year is in full swing. Frat houses around the country are once again swollen with partygoers and intoxicated youth. Sunday mornings once again mark the regret of thousands of young women who hooked-up the night prior and either cannot remember what they did,...

  • As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Muslims and non-Muslims alike are reflecting on what we, as Americans, have achieved since that fateful day — and all that is still left for us to do. For Muslims, this conversation is happening at multiple levels, as...

  • Since the capture of Anders Behring Breivik, the Oslo terrorist and murderer, at least two critical issues have emerged. The first is his sanity, or lack thereof. The second is that Breivik’s assaults may have been ideologically motivated. According to Breivik’s logic, the murder of...

  • We all have important causes to which we are innately drawn. My cause has always been twofold: women’s equality and Islam. A few years ago I launched Altmuslimah.com, a website devoted to creating a forum for open and honest discussion about gender issues in Islam...

  • 13Is ‘hashtag activism’ doing enough to stop bad speech about minority communities and affect social change? The tweet is mightier than the sword. Social media campaigns by members of minority communities are responding to racism and stereotyping in the media, and getting results. For instance,...

  • On March 10, a week after the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for religious minorities, a bipartisan group of U.S. congressmen called on U.S. and international officials to formally oppose the draconian blasphemy laws that cost Bhatti his life by introducing a “Taseer-Bhatti resolution”...

  • Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America. The reality is of course far different. Oklahoma State Question 755, which passed, asked...

  • After two months of traveling abroad, Imam Rauf, the Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and the leader of the Farah Mosque in Lower Manhattan, returned this week to the American mainland. His return and subsequent defense of the Initiative mark the unfolding of a new...

  • My legal and advocacy work both in the U.S. and abroad has given me the unique opportunity to view challenges faced by the Muslim community in multifarious socio-political settings. What is clear to me is that the challenges faced, and to be faced in the...

  • On the eve of Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, two major debates around Muslims rights are taking place in New York City. One about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”, the other over whether to include Muslim holidays, including the post-Ramadan celebration, Eid-ul-Fitr, in the...

  • Religious persecution in Muslim countries has gotten a lot of ink lately, but what’s been mostly overlooked is that Muslims themselves are the most frequent victims of that persecution.   Members of minority religions are hurt disproportionately, owing largely to the government’s failure to prosecute crimes...

  • n Wednesday, Pakistan’s Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ban Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia until May 31, when the court will conduct a hearing on whether to make the temporary ban permanent. The ban is a response to “growing sacrilegious content”...