Northwestern University

Mon 6:00 PM

When Law is Not Enough: Controversies over Muslim Rights in the US

When: Monday, April 23, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Where: tbd, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: One Book One Northwestern 2017-2018

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Disputes over the scope of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution have played a central role in contemporary debates about Islam in the United States. Through an analysis of current controversies over the construction of mosques, Sharia law and the Trump Administration's proposed travel ban, this talk will suggest that the Islamophobia expressed by many anti-Muslim activists reveals a form of liberal "democraphobia". If these disputes express a deep divide about the Constitution and the limits of who can be considered American, what, then, is the power of law and U.S. courts to counter anti-Muslim bigotry and negative perceptions of Islam?

Nadia Marzouki is Research Fellow at the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School and a Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris

Sponsored by the Middle East and North African Studies Program.

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