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Dr. Ali Khan

American Muslims and the Right to Religious Freedom
Lecture by Dr. Ali Khan, Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law and expert on Islamic Law

Ali KhanThe Dorothy Thompson Lecture Series hosted a timely and insightful lecture presented by Dr. Ali Khan, Professor of Law at Washburn University Law School in Topeka. Dr. Khan is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Islamic Law and Islamic Shariya Law. He discussed the obstacles currently confronting American Muslims as they seek to freely practice their religion. Evidence of these obstacles includes law suits currently pending in federal court. For example, a recent class action lawsuit alleges that FBI agents are violating Muslims' freedom of religion by secretly infiltrating U.S. mosques and randomly targeting Muslim worshipers for clandestine surveillance. Moreover, a recent poll conducted by researchers at Cornell University concluded that nearly half of all Americans believe that the civil rights of Muslims living in the U.S., whether citizens or not, should be restricted. Professor Khan discussed the perception that Muslims threaten our national security and the threat that such perception poses to the religious freedom and cultural identity of American Muslims.

A DVD of this lecture is available through the Office of Academic Personnel and through the K-State Libraries.

American Muslims and the Right to Religious Freedom

Poster (pdf)