Religious freedom and political polarization are two of the most intellectually complex and emotionally reactive issues of our day, but despite their dire consequences, few have been able to get to the core cause of these conflicts, and even fewer have offered a path toward reconciliation.
In The Politics of Vulnerability: How to Heal MuslimChristian Relations in a Post-Christian America, religious liberty lawyer Asma Uddin provides a unique, humanizing perspective on the complex political and social factors contributing to the Muslim-Christian divide. Even as Uddin advocates for parties across the religious and political spectrum, including conservative Christians, as a Muslim American, she belongs to a marginalized religious minority group that is routinely attacked through word and action by Christian conservatives and others on the political Right.
She works and lives at the intersection of law, majority interests, and minority experiences, and as a leading voice on these issues, she recently published op-eds in USA Today and The New York Times. Uddin asks what underlying drivers cause otherwise good people to do or believe bad things?
Why do people who value faith support of measures that limit others’ – especially of Muslims’ – religious freedom and rights? Where does hate come from, and how can it be conquered?
The Politics of Vulnerability seeks to show that we can talk to, and even be friends with, those who believe differently than we do, we need to question the information we consume, and we need to unpack and understand how our personal positions can be influenced by toxic tribal
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“A potent challenge to prevailing thoughts on politics and culture, with the goal of bringing Muslims and Christians closer.”
“While evangelical Christians and Muslims differ as to the content of our faith convictions, there is agreement on the ethics our convictions inspire. By striving to heal the divide as Asma Uddin ably articulates, we can make strides as divergent faith communities toward unity of purpose in service for a thriving humanity.”
– Daniel Harrell, PhD, Editor in Chief of Christianity Today
About the Author:
Asma T. Uddin is an Inclusive America Project Fellow at the Aspen Institute, where she is leading a project on Muslim-Christian
polarization in the U.S. Ms. Uddin was formerly legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and has held fellowships at
Georgetown, UCLA, and Brigham Young University Law School. She is an expert advisor on religious freedom to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her previous publications include When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside
America’s Fight for Religious Freedom. (Pegasus Books).