Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul is a co-producer at Avenue M, a widely published writer and a popular public speaker. He is a columnist for The Islamic Monthly.


Haroon Moghul is a co-producer at Avenue M, a widely published writer and a popular public speaker. He is a columnist for The Islamic Monthly.



ARTICLES BY Haroon Moghul



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Perspective: Trump and the Muslim Ban

Diversity Saves Us From The Temptation To Fascism: Trump and the Muslim Ban I can’t think of a better definition of (r


Diversity Saves Us From The Temptation To Fascism: Trump and the Muslim Ban I can’t think of a better definition of (rich) white, male privilege: Invite a foreign leader to interfere in American elections, joke about assassinating a presidential candidate, and live to spin it. You think if Donald Trump was a different color or […]

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He is As His Servant Fears He Is

After the fall of Granada in 1492, Spain’s rulers offered native Jews the choice of conversion or departure. Muslims w


After the fall of Granada in 1492, Spain’s rulers offered native Jews the choice of conversion or departure. Muslims were allowed to stay as Muslims, with certain restrictions. Their autonomy was not to last. Within a decade, Muslims too were asked to convert or depart. The “choice” was anything but: Muslims who chose to leave […]

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There’s Only One Way To Stop Trump, and You Won’t Like It

With Rand Paul and Jeb Bush out of the race, there remains just one Republican candidate who does not absolutely terrify


With Rand Paul and Jeb Bush out of the race, there remains just one Republican candidate who does not absolutely terrify me: Governor John Kasich of Ohio. Is he going to stop Donald Trump, who won the past three votes in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada? There seems an increasingly good chance that Trump […]

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What Would The Ottomans Make of ISIS?

That a suicide bomber detonated himself on the orders of a so-called caliph, outside a mosque built by an actual caliph,


That a suicide bomber detonated himself on the orders of a so-called caliph, outside a mosque built by an actual caliph, is a pretty good analogy for the crisis of modern Islam. The ancient Roman square outside Turkey’s storied Blue Mosque was the target, or as close as the attacker could get to his intended […]

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The Very Boring War Against ISIS

The world has a secret weapon against ISIS. It’s so dull, however, that I am confident that even in revealing it, I do


The world has a secret weapon against ISIS. It’s so dull, however, that I am confident that even in revealing it, I do no harm. It’s the Istanbul Process, and don’t worry: I hadn’t heard of it, either. I spent the summer after college interning with the Organization of Islamic Conference, which seemed a fitting […]

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A Modest Proposal For Eliminating Terrorism

They make us arrive really early at the airport. They’ve turned our terminals into their victory mosques, forcing


They make us arrive really early at the airport. They’ve turned our terminals into their victory mosques, forcing us to march barefoot, with arms upraised, through radioactive, carcinogenic or far too intimate machines. They frighten armed white Americans. They refuse to accept being bombed, oppressed, attacked or insulted. They try to impose Shariah in Oklahoma, keystone of the modern […]

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Bernie Sanders is Wrong on Guns and Right for the Country

Bernie Sanders had an interesting debate Tuesday night. His most memorable line — “the American people are sic


Bernie Sanders had an interesting debate Tuesday night. His most memorable line — “the American people are sick of hearing about your damn e-mails” — was actually about the frontrunner’s circumstances, not his own policies. And, for a significant stretch, fellow Democrats pummeled him on guns. Hillary Clinton, for one, argued that Sanders had fought to exempt […]

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Anti-Islam Activist No Expert, Friends and Enemies Say

the following is a piece of satire (Indianapolis, IN) Richard Denger intended for his ‘armed and peaceful’ siege of


the following is a piece of satire (Indianapolis, IN) Richard Denger intended for his ‘armed and peaceful’ siege of a nearby mosque to draw attention to the threat posed by radical Islam. But the fallout from last week’s protest threatens to derail the prominent activist’s one-dimensional career instead. Denger advertised the protest as a ‘day of action’ […]

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It’s Not You, American Muslims, It’s Me

He seems confused, indecisive, and uncertain.  And is that what he wants his legacy to be? President Obama has one shot


He seems confused, indecisive, and uncertain.  And is that what he wants his legacy to be? President Obama has one shot left at a foreign policy milestone.  Things haven’t otherwise been going his way.  Something beyond pretty speeches and decisions he cannot justly claim responsibility for, like withdrawing from Iraq. And that something is Iran. […]

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Real Muslims Join al-Qaeda

There is a new declared Islamic State–and Caliph–what does that mean?   It’s a measure of how poorly Musl


There is a new declared Islamic State–and Caliph–what does that mean?   It’s a measure of how poorly Muslims are regarded that compliments often across more offensive than outright insults.  Say, “moderate Muslim,” or the New York Times’ Rod Nordland’s informing us that while “[t]he Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may practice a seventh-century version of Islam, […]