POLITICAL SCIENCE

When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom

Pegasus. Jul. 2019. 336p. notes. ISBN 9781643131313. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781643131740. POL SCI
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Religious liberty lawyer Uddin (New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek) presents a brilliantly paced and rigorously detailed first book arguing for equal rights for Muslims in the United States. This is a much-needed consideration of Islam in America, specifically with regard to the current moment of travel bans, populist nationalism, and the loss of civil rights for those who seek to practice their religious beliefs. Uddin underscores the tragic, undemocratic present moment, while unpacking the key legal cases, such as the construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, that characterize the misperceptions and suspicion of Islam in this country.
VERDICT This book will resonate with those looking for an accessible exploration of public policy with a sprinkling of legal drama. It will be in demand by those seeking to understand the erosion of religious freedom in America.

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