June 20, 2011

U.S. Judges and Islam, 1800-1960

Marie A. Failinger, Hamline University School of Law, is publishing Islam in the Mind of American Courts: 1800-1960, in the Boston College Third World Law Journal. Here is the abstract.

This article surveys references to Islam and Muslims in American court opinions from 1800 to 1960. It argues that American judges as a group portray an ambivalent attitude toward Muslims, some treating Islam disparagingly or as an exotic and fanciful religion, and others emphasizing the religious equality that Muslims deserve.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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