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How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

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A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity.

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
ISBN:0807020745
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Number of Pages:256 pages
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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 ...

  • Natasha

    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 ...

  • Murtaza

    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 s...

  • Heidi Mills

    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) ...

  • Karyl

    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 re...

  • Ruby

    "...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 descen...

  • Reem Zakaria

    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 ...

  • June

    This book turned up in my mailbox a few weeks ago, a surprise gift from the publisher. It was a nice surprise: an intensely personal spiritual memoir, authentic, ironic and redemptive, written in a co...

  • Zippergirl

    Forest Park. Brightwood Hardware. Amostown Road. The author and I grew up, oblivious to one another, sharing stomping grounds. We also shared a lack of social graces, and inner rebellion against our r...

  • Samina

    Raising first generation American kids, I was very interested in reading this book after I heard Haroon Mughal's interview on NPR. Overall, the book was very good if very intense and depressing at dif...