Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University’s Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. Moghul was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his relationship to Islam. In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell. He sometimes drank. He didn’t pray regularly. All he wanted was a girlfriend.
But as he discovered, it wasn’t so easy to leave religion behind. To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it’s like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces.
Haroon Moghul is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy of Shalom Hartman Institute in New York City. SHI enriches the resources, vision, and commitment of the leaders and change agents who shape the future of Jewish life in North America.
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Haroon Moghul's visit is co-sponsored by the Tucker Center and Rockefeller Center.
A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity