Islam in the Mind of American Courts: 1800-1960
Marie A. Failinger
Hamline University - School of Law
May 1, 2011
Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2012
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Islam, Muslims, legal history, religious liberty, religious minorities
JEL Classification: J7, K00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 11, 2011 ; Last revised: January 25, 2013
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