Islam, Shari’ah and Religious Freedom in the U.S.

Islamic law is a rich and diverse tradition of legal thought that has been used for centuries across the globe. Shari’ah shares many core values with the American legal system, but a lack of public knowledge about Islam has allowed a small group of individuals to spread fear and misinformation about this tradition. The lack of quality information about Islamic law has led to waves of anti-Shari’ah sentiments, some of which have infringed on the civil rights of American-Muslims.

The recent wave of anti-Shari‘ah sentiment, marked by moves in several states to outlaw Shari‘ah, is based on misinformation about Shari‘ah in particular and Islam in general. In order to address these misunderstandings, KARAMAH is presenting a lecture series on Islam, Shari’ah and Religious Freedom in the U.S. These lectures are aimed at educating Muslims and non-Muslims about what Shari‘ah is, how it is practiced in the U.S., constitutional issues surrounding a potential ban, and the effects a ban would have on religious freedom in America.

KARAMAH Town Hall Meeting on Islam, Shari’ah and Religious Freedom at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture NY

with Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Azizah al-Hibri,
Prof. Theodore Shaw

KARAMAH Speaks about Islam, Shari’ah and Religious Freedom at the Islamic Center of Long Island, NY

with Mr. Abed Awad, Ms. Engy Abdelkader and Reverend Mark Lukens

KARAMAH’s Founder and Chair Dr. Azizah al-Hibri Speaks about Islamic Shari’ah and the American Constitution
in Knoxville, Tennessee

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri,

Faces of the Muslim American Civil Rights Experience


Create an Understanding of Issues that Persist in the Muslim American Civil Rights Experience

  • Social alienation.
  • Emotional and psychological suffering.
  • Discouraged from using community resources.

These are common and consistent consequences associated with anti-Muslim school bullying, profiling based on religion, race, ethnicity, and national origin, and immigration-related discrimination. All three are civil rights issues for which the associated pain, stress, and trauma affects not only the victim, but family and friends as well. We want to shift how profiling, bullying, and immigration issues are discussed in the public realm. With that, Muslim American Stories was born.


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