Islam in the Mind of American Courts: 1800-1960
34 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2011 Last revised: 25 Jan 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2011
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.
Keywords: Islam, Muslims, legal history, religious liberty, religious minorities
JEL Classification: J7, K00
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