Join us for a Speaker Series Session


On October 23rd we will be hosting Asma Uddin at MakeSpace! She will discuss her work on religious liberty and her first book "When Islam is Not a Religion."

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: MakeSpace HQ, 6082 Franconia Road, Suite C & D, Alexandria, VA

Qasim Rashid joins Asma as a moderator for our first Speaker Series event!

Asma T. Uddin is a religious liberty lawyer and scholar working for the protection of religious expression for people of all faiths in the U.S. and abroad. Uddin is an active lecturer to diverse religious groups in the U.S. and overseas on the importance of religious liberty, and she is widely published on the topic, including two books: When Islam Is Not a Religion (2019) and The Politics of Vulnerability (2021). 

Uddin has worked on a wide variety of religious liberty cases, including several before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has defended religious claimants as diverse as Evangelicals, Sikhs, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, Catholics, and members of the Nation of Islam. Her legal, academic, and policy work focuses on freedom of expression such as religious garb, land use, access to religious materials in prison, rights of parochial schools, religious arbitration, etc. Uddin worked with the U.S. Department of State on advocacy against the UN Defamation of Religions Resolution. She received a State Department grant to develop the Legal Training Institute in the Middle East and North Africa and Southeast Asian countries.

Qasim Rashid is a human rights lawyer and host of The Qasim Rashid Show on Sirius XM. He received his JD from Richmond Law and is former fellow at Harvard University's Islamic Studies program. A 2020 Democratic nominee for US Congress, Qasim's writing and work has appeared in a variety of outlets including TIME, Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, NPR, and USA Today. Qasim's debut children's book, Hannah & the Ramadan Gift, was published by Penguin Randomhouse, Viking Books. His social media handle across platforms is @QasimRashid and his website is

*Books available at event.


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