Monday, June 13, 2011

Failinger on Islam in the Mind of American Courts

Marie A. Failinger, Hamline University School of Law, has posted Islam in the Mind of American Courts: 1800-1960, which is forthcoming 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.

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