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Shariah ban Violates Muslim, Jewish, and Christian American Civil Liberties

By: Qasim Rashid “Since Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to pass anti-Shari‘ah legislation in July 2010, at least 20 more states passed, or attempted to pass, legislation banning Shari‘ah. Those trying to ban Shari‘ah consistently lack an understanding of exactly what is being banned. This paper demonstrates that these legislations violate fundamental Muslim-American civil liberties, and …

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From Moorish-Indios to Park 51: A Brief History of Islamophobia in the United States

By: Sophia Rose Arjana “I begin my reflections on the rise of Islamophobia in America over the past decade by pointing out an often-neglected fact: the fear and hatred directed against Muslims we have seen since 9/11 is nothing new. Anxiety surrounding Islam in the New World dates to the conquest of the Americas by …

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Capital Punishment in the United States: An Islamic Perspective

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. “Capital punishment is imposed in the United States for a limited number of reasons, such as treason and murder. Recently, all executions have been related to crimes of intentional murder, the most notable example being the approaching execution of Timothy McVeigh who caused the death of hundreds of Americans in Oklahoma …

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Of Condemnation and Divinity: Praying for our Religious Freedom

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. “Recently, Reverend Franklin Graham frankly expressed his views on Islam on Fox and PBS. He said that Islam was an evil and violent religion, and that the Qur’an itself calls for violence against non-Muslims. He also asserted his belief that the God of Islam is not the God of Christianity because …

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Report of the Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative on First Amendment Issues

By: Elizabeth Dahl “The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative was launched in the days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The Initiative consists of a broad-based committee of prominent Americans who have come together to develop and advance positive proposals to protect civil liberties in a time of …

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Raiding Islam

By: John G. Douglass “On the morning of March 20, 2002, while television cameras recorded the events for the evening news, dozens of federal agents entered and searched the offices of several Islamic educational and religious organizations in Northern Virginia. The agents were searching, it appears, for evidence that those organizations contributed money to international …

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Fatwa Concerning the United States Supreme Courtroom Frieze

By: Taha Jabir Al- Alwani “What I have seen in the Supreme Courtroom deserves nothing but appreciation and gratitude from American Muslims. This is a positive gesture toward Islam made by the architect and other architectural decision-makers of the highest Court in America. God willing it will ameliorate some of the unfortunate misinformation that has …

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#NoMuslimBanEver

KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (“KARAMAH”) is a research-based educational organization. We strive to advance justice, gender equity, civil rights, and religious freedom within our Muslim community, in our society, and globally. The Executive Orders promulgated by President Trump violate the United States Constitution, harm national security, particularly harm women and children, risk …

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Debunking the Myth that Islam Requires FGM

By Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Ghada Ghazal, and Aljawharah Alassaf KARAMAH February 2018 PAPER ABSTRACT In the case of female khitan (FGM), proponents of this practice rely on (a) a single verse in the Qur’an and (b) a number of hadiths attributed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).  This study will show that the cited Qur’anic verse is inapplicable to the issue …

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