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Asma Uddin: When Islam is not a Religion (co-sponsored by the ACLU of Maryland)

The Ivy Bookshop

The Ivy welcomes Asma Uddin to discuss her new book When Islam is not a Religion.

You might already be familiar with Asma’s work as a religious liberty lawyer who has worked on cases at the US Supreme Court, federal appellate and trial courts, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Inc., Holt v. Hobbs, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro v. Rutherford County, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, and more.

Her book is a galvanizing look at constitutional freedoms in the Untied States through the prism of attacks on the rights of American Muslims.  The claim that “Islam is not a religion” is moving from the fringe to mainstream.  Asma, who has worked for equal protection for Evangelicals, Sikhs, Jews, Native Americans, and more, astutely shows how the ominous increase in attempts to criminalize and politicize Islam can have profound repercussions on religious freedom and diversity for everyone. 

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.

Zainab Chaudry is Director of Maryland Outreach at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. She is on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and serves as it's liaison to Shoulder-to-Shoulder - an interfaith campaign founded to counter anti-Muslim bigotry in America.

Zainab is the first known American Muslim to be appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - an independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress in 1957 that is charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters. She is a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and graduated from the Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program at the University Of Maryland Carey School Of Law. ​

This event is co-sponsored by the ACLU of Maryland.






Event Details

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21209

by Dr. Radut