American Muslims

American Muslim Techniques and Traditions of Interpersonal Conflict Resolution

By: Leah Farish

We have all read worried stories in the press about “sharia courts in America” and imposition of foreign customs in U.S. family courts. As a religious civil liberties attorney and mediator myself, I have wondered how U.S. Muslim leaders actually handle dispute resolution in their congregations. So I sat down one-on-one with various imams andshura (mosque board) members—twelve in all—in interviews over a period of several months, and asked.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/30/american-muslim-techniques-and-traditions-of-interpersonal-conflict-resolution

How Muslim Women are Winning the 2016 Campaign

By: Engy Abdelkader

This presidential election season we've paid much attention to the anti-Muslim ideas some presidential candidates like Donald Trump spew—and rightfully so. 

Most political candidates would never dare make such utterances about any other religious minority group.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/how-muslim-women-are-winning-the-2016-campaign

Freedom of Speech v. Freedom of Religion? How American Muslims Are Countering Hate and Getting It Right

By: Engy Abdelkader

... [A]nother part of defeating terrorists like ISIL, is upholding the rights and freedoms that define our two great republics. That includes freedom of religion. That includes equality before the law. There have been times in our history, in moments of fear, when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals, and it has been to our lasting regret. We must uphold our ideals now. Each of us, all of us, must show that America is strengthened by people of every faith and every background. -President Barack Obama, White House Press Conference with President Francois Hollande Nov. 24, 2015

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/19/freedom-of-speech-v-freedom-of-religion-how-american-muslims-are-countering-hate-and-getting-it-right

Adult Bullying of Muslim Kids: A National Challenge

By: Engy Abdelkader

Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students.   

Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed handcuffed, detained, and suspended for inventing a clock that beeped in class. The teen is now moving to Qatar. 

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/19/adult-bullying-of-muslim-kids-a-national-challenge

Muslims Women, Religious Freedom, and EEOC v. Abercrombie

By: Engy Abdelkader

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch —supporting a Muslim woman’s civil right to observe hijab at work and prohibiting employers from considering a job applicant’s religion or belief practices in hiring decisions—reinforces America’s commitment to religious freedom. 

Additionally, one might draw a number of broader insights. 

First, the case highlights female agency in challenging anti-Muslim discrimination.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/muslims-women-religious-freedom-and-eeoc-v-abercrombie