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Haroon Moghul
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Haroon Moghul is a Fellow at New America Foundation and a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University's Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies. His research focus is colonial India, and specifically Muhammad Iqbal's project of reconstructing religious thought in Islam.

Haroon is the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and is on the Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University.

Haroon is an Associate Editor and columnist at Religion Dispatches; his writing has also been featured on al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, and The Huffington Post. In his novel, "The Order of Light" (Penguin 2006), young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of recent events.

Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, al-Jazeera, NPR, The History Channel, and Russia Today. He is a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, Bosnia, and Turkey.

Blog Entries by Haroon Moghul

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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