Asma Uddin

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Asma Uddin
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Education

JD, The University of Chicago Law School, 2005
BA, University of Miami, 2002, summa cum laude

Biography

Asma T. Uddin joined The Becket Fund in 2009 after practicing commercial litigation at prestigious national law firms for several years. She is a 2005 graduate of The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review.

Asma spent her first few years at The Becket Fund serving as the primary attorney for Becket's Legal Training Institute (LTI), which is devoted to working with local partners around the world to train advocates, lawyers, judges, religious leaders, journalists and students in religious freedom law and principles. In that capacity, Asma wrote an amicus brief in support of repeal of the Indonesian Blasphemy Act of 1965. She also traveled throughout Europe and to various countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South East Asia to research regional issues and provide critical training for minority faith communities as well as politicians, journalists, and human rights organizations.

More recently, Asma has taken on the role of Legal Counsel, defending religious liberty in the U.S. through several prominent cases at The Becket Fund.

Asma is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altmuslimah.com, a web magazine dedicated to issues on gender and Islam. Her work at altmuslimah has earned the praise of many, including Dr. Robert George of Princeton University, who has said, "On matters of sexual morality, marriage, and family in Islam, particularly in the American context, I recommend the writings of two exceptionally gifted young Muslim women writers: Suzy Ismail and Asma Uddin." The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush noted, “AltMuslimah.com is important because it gives a specific platform to the intersections between gender, belief and well-being in Islam -- all with superior levels of intellect and writing. The internet would be the poorer without AltMuslimah as a destination and font of knowledge for seekers of all religious backgrounds.”

Aside from altmuslimah, she has helped edit the book, A Muslim in Victorian America, which was published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. Asma was also an Associate Editor and legal columnist for Islamica Magazine. She is an expert panelist for the Washington Post religion blog, On Faith, and a contributor to Huffington Post Religion, CNN's Belief Blog, the Guardian's Comment is Free, and Common Ground News.

Asma speaks widely on issues of gender and faith, and national and international religious freedom. She also publishes widely on international and national religious freedom issues. Some of her work has been published in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, St. Thomas University Law Journal, and the First Amendment Law Review, and she has publications forthcoming from Ashgate Publishers and several prominent university presses.

In February 2012, Asma testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the HHS mandate and religious liberty, which was covered by The New York Times.

In June 2013, Asma convened a working group on free speech and religious freedom at the Brooking Institution's 2013 US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Asma now enjoys the relatively faster-paced environment of the Washington, DC area, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Key Works

Rethinking the “Red Line”: The Intersection of Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change, November 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing Lessons on Religious Freedom: U.S. and Muslim-Majority Countries, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, August 2012 Report

A First Amendment Analysis of Anti-Sharia Initiatives, 10 First Amend. L. Rev. 363

The UN Defamation of Religions Resolution and Domestic Blasphemy Laws: Creating a Culture of Impunity, Social Science Research Network

The Hajj and Pluralism, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 43-47, 2008

Blasphemy Laws in Muslim-Majority Countries, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Summer 2011

Religious Freedom Implications of Sharia Implementation in Aceh, Indonesia, 7 U. St. Thomas L.J. 603

Evolution Toward Neutrality: Evolution Disclaimers, Establishment Jurisprudence Confusions, and a Proposal of Untainted Fruits of a Poisonous Tree, 8 Rutgers J. L. & Religion 12

A Legal Analysis of Ahmadi Persecution in Pakistan, Ashgate Publishers (forthcoming)

Blasphemy in a Secular Democracy: The Case of Indonesia, University of California Press (forthcoming)

Op-Eds

Muslim States and the Protection of Fundamental Rights, Library of Law and Liberty

Substance Over Formalism, The New York Times

No sex on campus?, The Washington Post

It’s about religious liberty, not birth control, The Washington Post

Muslims and Catholics vs. Banzhaf, The Washington Post

Ramadan etiquette: A guide to your Muslim neighbor’s holy month, The Washington Post

Click here to read more of Asma’s work on The Washington Post

Click here to read more of Asma’s work on The Huffington Post 

In the News

Muslim American women reclaim their narrative, Common Ground News Service (11-27-12)

Senate Nears Showdown on Contraception Policy, The New York Times (2-28-12)

USC Program Helps to Train Young Muslim Leaders, Voice of America (2-17-2011)

Ramadan: Time to fast, pray and spend, The Washington Post (8-28-2011)

Congressional Testimony

Executive Overreach: The HHS Mandate versus Religious Liberty, House Judiciary Committee, February 28, 2012

Videos

Al Jazeera America, March 2014
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Islam and Muslims in America, panel at the Newseum, January 18, 2012

 

The Constitution and the Politics of Religious Bigotry, talk given at The Aspen Institute, November 7, 2011

 

Women in Mosques, panel discussion at Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Convention, December 18, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countering Hate Speech with Social Responsibility, talk given at The Rumi Forum, January 30, 2011

 

Women Speak for Themselves, clip of Asma speaking at a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, September 19, 2013


 

Exploring Gender and Islam: An Interview with Asma Uddin, Center for American Progress, October 5, 2010

 

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