This town hall meeting, which highlights some of the important developments in the American Muslim experience after September 11, presents both a challenge and an opportunity to our community. Whether these new developments will provide a serious impetus for constructive change in society at large is a matter for all Americans to reflect upon. The events that have come to pass which we spotlight in this symposium will hopefully contribute to that process. In this town hall meeting, we present testimonies of average American Muslim citizens who have suffered serious harm, consequences of raids, detentions, and other actions of our federal government in the name of national security. Their experience is not uncommon. Even I, as a law professor at a mainstream American law school and a respected authority in my field, have felt the repercussions of September 11 on my status as an American citizen.
Symposium, American Muslims and Civil Rights: Testimonies and Critiques: Opening Remarks, 19 J. L. & Religion 59 (2003-2004).