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The legal history of religious liberty in the United States reveals a simple fact: there has never been an America without Muslims.


Skills: Critical Thinking, Empathy, Legal Literacy, Religious Literacy

Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development

(Image: Omar ibin Said 1770–1864, Library of Congress)

In this interactive course, you will explore the social and legal history of Muslims in early America. You will interact with primary historical sources that demonstrate how the founders of colonies and authors of the U.S. Constitution and first Presidents defended the rights of Muslims.


You will study research from the nation’s leading religion historians, including from curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Founders of colonies and framers of the U.S. Constitution explicitly advocated for the rights of Muslims.


Overall, you will measure the impact of the legal developments of our First Amendment rights and reflect on how they informed what we know today as civil and human rights.


Take WISE Steps:

  • W – Watch introductory videos.
  • I – Interact with the Founders’ views of Muslims.
  • S – Study the social and legal history of American Muslims.
  • E – Engage your colleagues and share your insights.
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AMST 2501 Course Pack A. Founders' Views of Muslims

Downloadable PDF of Course Pack A for ISPU 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America.

AMST 2501 Course Pack B. Religious Liberty Frameworks

Downloadable PDF of Course Pack B for ISPU 2501.