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Asma Uddin
Asma T. Uddin is founder and editor-in-chief of Exploring Both Sides of the Gender Divide, a web magazine featuring compelling commentary on gender-in-Islam. She is also an international law attorney at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm protecting the free expression of all religious traditions, and a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Entries by Asma Uddin

What's in a Name? Amal Alamuddin, Barack Obama and the Rest of Us With 'Funny Names'

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Co-authored by Firdaus Arastu.

Earlier this week, news broke of the latest celebrity engagement: Hollywood actor and self-proclaimed perpetual bachelor, George Clooney, proposed to Amal Alamuddin. Frantic Google searches began as everyone wanted to know who this "exotic beauty" was.

What we learned is...

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Murfreesboro Mosque: On Ramadan Eve, Muslims Fight For The Right To Celebrate

(20) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 6:50 PM

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 the Islamic Center be permitted...

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The Complexity Of Muslim Identity, 10 Years After 9/11

(16) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 6:47 PM

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 we struggle to make sense...

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Bachmann and Muslim Women Have Something in Common

(55) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Republican presidential contender Michelle Bachmann has recently faced questions regarding her comment that she is "submissive" to her husband because of her religious beliefs. She has vacillated in her explanation. When running for Congress in 2006, she told an audience that she studied tax law because her husband instructed her...

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The Role of Men in Religious Terrorism

(94) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 11:55 AM

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 76 people was necessary to...

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The Obstacle to Religious Tolerance in Egypt

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 9:37 PM

As fireworks lit up the sky in Tahrir Square on Friday, the world rejoiced for the new beginning that awaits the Egyptian people. Though it is not certain what sort of regime will be established and when elections will take place, one thing is for sure: the tyranny of the...

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Caliphate on the Range? The Shariah Precedent in American Courts

(475) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 9:00 AM

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 voters whether state courts should...

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What's Behind the Negative Characterization of Muslims?

(526) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 7:14 PM

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 chapter in the ongoing saga...

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Islam and Human Rights: Why It's Up to the Muslim Community to Prove Itself

(522) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 8:18 PM

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 coming century, by the Muslim...

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Internet Censorship and Machiavellian Restrictions on Religion

(353) Comments | Posted July 10, 2010 | 8:35 PM

As of last week, Google is once again caving to China's internet censorship policy, this time by allowing the government to filter information it deems problematic. While internet censorship has vast implications for democracy and press freedoms, it is also becoming the favorite tool of government "theologians" --...

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Seeing the 'Other' as American: Moving Past Islamophobia

(1084) Comments | Posted June 13, 2010 | 8:32 PM

Writers, philosophers, professors, and politicians have referred to the United States of America as "a nation founded by immigrants." This fact can hardly be refuted -- especially considering the existence of the term "Native American." America has dealt with the question and issues resulting from immigration since its birth in...

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Even Controversial Views Should Be Protected by Freedom of Speech

(18) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 2:17 AM

As a human rights advocate, I recognize that defending speech I do not agree with comes at a personal cost. I struggled with this issue when I wrote about Geert Wilders' trial in Holland, where he has been charged for violating Articles 137(c) and (d) of the Dutch...

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Indonesian Blasphemy Act Restricts Free Religious Expression

(16) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 8:12 PM

Last Monday, as I stood in the Indonesian Constitutional Court, the Court released its eight-to-one decision to uphold the Law on the Prevention of Blasphemy and Abuse of Religion, also known as the Blasphemy Act. My colleagues and I at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had submitted...

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