How to Be a Muslim: An American Story by Haroon Moghul

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Haroon Moghul was first thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, as an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center. Suddenly, he was making appearances everywhere: on TV, talking to interfaith audiences, combating Islamophobia in print. He was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims. Privately, Moghul had a complicated relationship with 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 Haroon 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 own beliefs and personality. How to Be a Muslim is the story of a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that shuns and 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.

Title : How to Be a Muslim: An American Story
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ISBN : 0807020745
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

March 07, 2017

Haroon Moghul is best known because he was an undergraduate leader at New York University s Islamic Center before, during, and after 9/11. He became a spokesman for a religion that internally, he was not actually all that sure of. I learned so much in this book, and I think it is important readin...

Siria rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 31, 2017

Haroon Moghul rose to national prominence in the wake of 9/11, as an undergrad leader at NYU's Islamic Center. His memoirs promise a look at what it's like to be an American-born Muslim, pulled between personal faith and public identity. Sadly, this book doesn't quite deliver. Partly this is beca...

Murtaza rated it ★★★★★

May 30, 2017

A great memoir by an author I know well. It is in a sense of coming-of-age story for someone caught in the position of being stuck between two identities, and very sincerely struggling to believe in something that they feel they cannot deny. The writing was often very funny, but above all it is a...

Heidi rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

I had two primary reasons for reading this book: 1) I wanted to understand what it means to grow up Muslim in a country that often systematically oppresses and stigmatizes people of the faith; and 2) I wanted to gain a broader understanding of what it means to have faith, since I am a Christian m...

Natasha rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2017

The trials and tribulations of Haroon Moghul are certainly an interesting tale to be read not only by Muslims but by anyone wanting to understand about Muslims in general. Certainly, being a minority is hard enough and add to the current Islamophobia surrounding the world it is indeed challenging...

Karyl rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

I've always been fascinated by religion, but this book has shown me that my knowledge of Islam, though greater than most Americans', is sorely lacking. Moghul does an excellent job of informing his readers of the true Islam, the religion of love, not the fundamentalist version that leads to suici...

Allan rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

I met the author when he gave a talk on his book at the Miami Book Fair. I came to the talk with a goal. A writer of fiction myself, I had just sold my first story with a Muslim character. However, I'd yet to attempt a Muslim POV character, because I did not know enough to pull off the interiorit...

Richard rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 25, 2017

I will admit that this book was a struggle to finish, and I was disappointed with it in the end. I wanted to learn more about what being a Muslim in modern day America is like, some insight into Islam as a religion, and perhaps the reality vs. expectations of a Muslim growing up in the United Sta...

Ruby rated it ★★★★★

July 10, 2017

"...Islam is a religion, yes, but Islam is also a cultural identity, a heritage, an ethnic marker, a civilization, and sometimes more these things than faith." "To be Muslim is to be the stunted descendant of giants, to live in the ruin of your own civilization." "When we're not taught about bounda...

Reem Zakaria rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2017

One of my favorite things about How to be a Muslim, was the authors honesty. He was very open about his life and the struggles he faced while he was a young kid in high school to a college student in NYC. We all spend great portions of our lives trying to find ourselves so it was interesting to r...

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