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.
Ms. Uddin 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. More recently, Ms. Uddin has taken on the role of Legal Counsel, defending religious liberty in the U.S. through several prominent cases at The Becket Fund.
Ms. Uddin 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 calls Ms. Uddin “an exceptionally gifted young Muslim woman writer.” The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush has 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."
Ms. Uddin speaks and publishes widely on issues of gender and faith, and national and international religious freedom. She serves on the Islam and Religious Freedom Advisory Council and The Institute for Global Engagement's Center for Women, Faith & Leadership Advisory Council.
Ms. Uddin is available to serve as an expert witness on Pakistan and religious freedom.
Islam and Muslims in America, panel at the Newseum, January 18, 2012Islam 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, 2011The 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, 2010Women 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, 2011Countering 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, 2013Women 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, 2010Exploring Gender and Islam: An Interview with Asma Uddin, Center for American Progress, October 5, 2010