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Haroon Moghul
Haroon Moghul is a commentator and broadcaster who wishes he could just be a writer. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of Development at the Center for Global Policy, and the Muslim Leadership Initiative Facilitator at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Haroon has appeared on all major media networks, and his essays and reviews have been published at Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and Haaretz, among others. He's the author of a novel, The Order of Light (Penguin 2006), and an upcoming memoir, How to be a Muslim: An American Story (Beacon 2017). Haroon was previously a Fellow at Fordham Law School's Center on National Security and a Fellow in the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation. He has an M.A. from Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies.

Entries by Haroon Moghul

Birthright America: A Letter From The Future

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 11:58 AM

My Dear Daughter,

I never imagined you would not be an American citizen, like I used to be. You were born in America, after all, just like I was.

But then Donald Trump came along.

I owe it to you to explain how...

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Why I Went to Israel

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 7:25 AM

Yes, I confess: I went to Israel. With the Shalom Hartman Institute, which is proudly Zionist, unlike me, and entirely opposed to "BDS" (boycott, divestment, sanctions), unlike me. More than that, I didn't go alone. I went with 15 other American Muslims leaders. They had their own reasons, just as...

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The Uses and Abuses of God

(25) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 8:46 AM

We reached the front of the mosque at almost the same time. But when we got to the wall, we were sent away at our own angles. Those of us who hadn't been to a mosque like this made lazy, looping circuits, trying but failing to take it all in....

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Eid Al-Adha: Some Prayers Last Longer Than Others

(147) Comments | Posted November 6, 2011 | 6:00 PM

I just wanted to share some brief thoughts on the Muslim holiday.

There are millions of Muslims on the verge of concluding their pilgrimage (hajj) in Mecca; by the time you read this, they're already finished, exhausted and sharing the meat of a sacrificed animal with family, neighbors and the...

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Finding Meaning in the Death of a Teacher

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 1:33 PM

Physically awkward, socially uncomfortable, mechanically rigid, and not balding, but conclusively balded, having lost it and pointing it out with a toupee. For high school students, that's blood in the water. We'd regularly tease him; our pre-calculus class in particular was famed for its brazenness (and be sure we reveled...

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The Revolutionary Fashion Police: What Not to Wear When Egypt's Government Goes Down

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Just a few days ago, an ABC News anchor asked his correspondent on the ground to explain the Muslim Brotherhood to their viewers. We were told that they weren't the Taliban, they weren't mullahs (which the Taliban are also not) -- we were reassured that the Brotherhood, although a very...

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4 Reasons Why Egypt's Revolution Is Not Islamic

(212) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 2:56 PM

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. You can sign up for their free daily newsletter here.

Just as in the case of Tunisia, we've been caught off guard by the rapid pace of events in Egypt. Commentators are having a difficult time understanding the dynamics...

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This Christmas, Give the Gift of Knowledge About Islam

(284) Comments | Posted December 11, 2010 | 6:20 PM

I love books. I have hundreds, as I suppose any aspiring academic should. I need to move out of Manhattan, because I can't afford an apartment large enough to house all these books. (Ask my wife: There aren't enough walls left and my attempt to shelve books on the ceiling...

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Why Arab and Muslim Are Not Synonymous

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 10:24 AM

The first lesson of journalism might just be this: Mind your facts. (That goes for the editor, too).

I share this obviousness with you because of an engaging paragraph that came my way in the course of my morning New York Times reading routine. (I know, I know: Maybe this...

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It Hurts to Be Muslim, Too

(62) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 8:59 PM

Watch The Linguists, a documentary about two really smart men who travel across the world to record dying languages because they cannot save them. They feel, express and implore, we should have: We should have tried to preserve the many different ways in which people perceive the world,...

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This Ramadan, Myself and God, Before I Was Born

(88) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 6:47 AM

In the seventh chapter of the Qur'an, translated into English as "The Heights," God tells humanity that, before Adam's creation, He gathered the souls of all who would live to ask them, "Am I Not Your Lord?"

When your Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam their descendants...
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Allah and the Los Angeles Lakers

(87) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 6:02 PM

On June 17, 2008, I turned 28. I also got to watch the Lakers get spanked in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, a 39-point shaming by the Boston Celtics. Nothing can more deeply wound a Lakers fan than to see his (my) team lose to the Celtics, let alone...

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She's Hot and Hezbollah: When Women Are Wielded as Ideological Weapons

(506) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 2:33 PM

Some of my fellow Americans are sure that Miss USA 2010, Lebanese-American Rima Fakih, is a Hezbollah plant, an effect of the liberal treachery that's handing America over to Islam. Some Muslims are angry that Fakih, who showed herself off in a barely-there bikini, is identified with their religion and...

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What Does China Have to Do with Islam and Democracy?

(67) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 7:16 PM

In the most recent The American Interest, Charles Horner and Eric Brown discuss how and why Communist China is fearful of Muslims ("Beijing's Islamic Complex"). Inside China, the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, or Turkestan, who came onto many people's radars for the first time after last summer's riots...

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