How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul
An American Story

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Readers play the part of therapist, listening to Moghul’s tortured story, which never finds a true resolution. Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title.
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A young Muslim leader’s memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity

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.
 

About Haroon Moghul

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Haroon Moghul builds Muslim-Jewish engagement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He’s written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Time, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and CNN. He and his wife want to move back to New York.
Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Author Hometown: Holyoke, MA
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Beacon Press. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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on Mar 15 2017

Readers play the part of therapist, listening to Moghul’s tortured story, which never finds a true resolution. Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title.

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