Haroon Moghul is fellow at ISPU and a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Previously, he was a Fellow at the New America Foundation, in the National Security Studies Program, and the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. He is a Senior Correspondent at Religion Dispatches and columnist at The Muslim Observer.
Haroon’s first novel, The Order of Light, was written in Cairo; in the novel, young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of today's events (Penguin 2006; French translation by Cherche Midi). His memoir, How to be Muslim, is due in 2016, describes his loss of faith even as he became a voice for his faith.
In 2013, he was a participant in the inaugural class of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Haroon’s academic research focuses on 'Allama Muhammad Iqbal's concept of reconstruction; his research more broadly includes Islam in India and Islamic networks across the greater Indian Ocean and West Asian regions. Haroon served as Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) and was selected one of 500 global Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.
Haroon is a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Initiative. He writes for a variety of media, including Boston Review, Guardian, Salon, and Foreign Policy. His media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and a segment on Islam's apocalypse for The History Channel.
Haroon has spoken across the United States and internationally on Islamic history and culture, contemporary politics in the Muslim world, and radicalism and religious identity.
Ph.D. Candidate Columbia University
American Muslims , Middle East Politics , Civil Liberties , Civil Rights , Foreign Policy , International Relations , Islam and Democracy , Islamophobia , Media , Muslim Youth , Muslims in the West , National Security , South Asian Politics