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Muslim Leadership Initiative Alumnus

Haroon Moghul was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI ) and a Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he also served as a faculty member.

Haroon is the author of three books, including How to be a Muslim: An American Story, which the Washington Post called “an extraordinary gift,” and “an authentic portrayal of a vastly misunderstood community.” He’s been published widely, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, Haaretz, TIME, CNN, and Foreign Policy, and contributed original content to NPR’s Fresh Air. In 2016, he was honored with the Religion News Writer’s Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. He was a Fellow at Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security and with the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation.

Haroon is a member of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Engagement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He played a critical role in the development of the Islamic Center at New York University (ICNYU) and continues to advise and consult Muslim community institutions and organizations. He graduated from Columbia University with an M.A. in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. He once designed and led heritage tours of Spain, Turkey, and Bosnia, which was some of the coolest work he’s ever done. He has appeared on all major media networks.

His next book brings together theology, autobiography, and a little bit of comedy, to introduce Islam to a mainstream audience. arguing for what Islam is – and could be. He enjoyed snowboarding, loves to read, appreciates travel in manageable doses, is trying to learn French, and survives off of an insufficient spiritual practice, frequent Star Trek and the occasional Lord of the Rings.

Haroon Moghul


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Sep 3, 2015

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