This course will survey the various ways anti-Muslim sentiment has played a role in legal and judicial discourse in the United States. Students will explore the use of legislative, executive, and judicial powers at both the national and local levels as an expression of anti-Muslim sentiment. The course will start with the treatment of early immigrant Muslims in the 19th and the 20th centuries and traverse through time to the surveillance mechanisms of COINTELPRO, the post-9/11 era of the Patriot Act, NSEERS, material support laws, and end with President Trump's Muslim Ban.
Throughout the course, students will also explore laws and statutes meant to protect religious freedom, including the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
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