Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/09/19
ISBN 9781643131313
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 336

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When Islam Is Not a Religion

Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom

Asma T. Uddin

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

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 American Muslims from their inalienable rights.  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. When Islam Is Not a Religion also looks at how faith in America is being secularized and politicized, and the repercussions this has on debates about religious freedom and diversity. Woven throughout this national saga is Uddin’s own story. She combines her experience as a person of Muslim faith 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. 

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Endorsements & Reviews

“I have been waiting for this book a long time.  It is written by a young American scholar and lawyer who has fought for religious liberty for all, who also just happens to practice Islam.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand religious freedom and how it relates to American Muslims.  This could be the most important book written so far on the challenges Islam faces in the United States.  You don't have to agree with everything but you should respect the thought process and the person writing it.” Bob Roberts, Jr., Founding Pastor, Northwood Church, Founder of, and author of BOLD AS LOVE