Asma Uddin


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Church-State Relations
  • International Human Rights
  • Law and Gender
  • Family Law
  • Asma Uddin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. She is the author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom (2019) and The Politics of Vulnerability: How to Heal Muslim-Christian Relations in a Post-Christian America (2021). Professor Uddin is also a Fellow with the Aspen Institute's Religion & Society program, where she is leading a project on Muslim-Christian polarization in the U.S. She was formerly legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Georgetown, and UCLA. Professor Uddin served two terms as an expert advisor on religious freedom to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and was a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review.

    Professional Research and Writing


    The Politics of Vulnerability: Today’s Threat to Religion and Religious Freedom – How to Heal Muslim-Christian Relations in a Post-Christian America, Pegasus/Simon & Schuster, March 2021

    When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom, Pegasus/ Simon & Schuster, July 2019


    “The Politics of Vulnerability: Today's Threat to American Muslims' Religious Freedom,” in Sahar Aziz and John Esposito, Global Islamophobia in an Era of Populism, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022.

    “When Islam Is Not a Religion”: Challenges to Muslims’ Rights and Religious Liberty as a Possible Solution,” in Joshua Geltzer, Dipayan Ghosh, and Robert McKenzie, Exploring Hate: An Anthology, Brookings Press, 2021

    “Religious Modesty for Women and Girls,” in Robin Wilson, The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law, Cambridge University Press, 2018 

    “Triumph of the Constitution: American Muslims and Religious Liberty,” in Christine Kray, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, Rochester Institute of Technology Press, 2018 

    “The U.N. Defamation of Religions Resolution and Domestic Blasphemy Laws: Creating a Culture of Impunity,” in Peter Molnar, Turning Points in Free Speech and Censorship Around the Globe, Central European University Press, 2015 

    “American Muslims, American Islam, and the American Constitutional Heritage,” in Allen D. Hertzke, Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Roots and Contemporary Challenges, University of Oklahoma Press, 2015 

    “A Legal Analysis of Ahmadi Persecution in Pakistan,” in David M. Kirkham, State Responses to Religious Minorities, Ashgate Publishers, 2014 

    “The Indonesian Blasphemy Act: A Legal and Social Analysis" in Christopher S. Grenda, Chris Beneke & David Nash, Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age, University of California Press, 2014 


    “Rethinking the ‘Red Line’: The Intersection of Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change,” The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, U.S.-Islamic World Forum Papers, 2013 


    "Religious Liberty Interest Convergence,” William & Mary Law Review, forthcoming October 2022.

    “Provocative Speech in French Law: A Closer Look at Charlie Hebdo,” Florida International University Law Review, Florida International University School of Law, 2016.

    “Free Speech and Public Order Exceptions: A Case for the U.S. Standard,” Brigham Young University Law Review, Brigham Young University School of Law, 2016.

    “Intragroup Discourse and Legal Protections for Intragroup Dissent in Muslim-Majority Countries,” Chicago-Kent Law Review, Chicago-Kent School of Law, 2014 

    “The First Amendment: Religious Freedom for All, Including Muslims,” Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2014 

    “A First Amendment Analysis of Anti-Sharia Initiatives,” First Amendment Law Review, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, 2011 

    “Religious Freedom Implications of Sharia Implementation in Aceh, Indonesia,” University of St. Thomas Law Journal, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2011

    “Evolution Toward Neutrality: Evolution Disclaimers, Establishment Jurisprudence Confusions, and a Proposal of Untainted Fruits of a Poisonous Tree,” Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Rutgers University School of Law, 2007