Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul is a co-producer at Avenue M, a widely published writer and a popular public speaker.


Haroon Moghul is a co-producer at Avenue M, a widely published writer and a popular public speaker.



ARTICLES BY Haroon Moghul



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Ann Coulter is a Fox

The Fox Knows Many Things ‘The fox knows many things,’ Archilochus wrote, ‘but the hedgehog knows one very big thi


The Fox Knows Many Things ‘The fox knows many things,’ Archilochus wrote, ‘but the hedgehog knows one very big thing.’ The quip became the basis for one of Isaiah Berlin’s most famous essays; writers and thinkers, he wrote, fall into one or the other category. Hedgehogs see the world through one grand concept, perspective, or […]

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‘Allahzilla’: Watching the Monster in Tehran

In which, and don’t say I didn’t warn you, many movies will be ruined. I’ll never forget the first Godzilla movi


In which, and don’t say I didn’t warn you, many movies will be ruined. I’ll never forget the first Godzilla movie, for two reasons that have very little to do with the film itself.  First: The soundtrack was worth buying, back when we believed artists should be paid for their work and we weren’t ready for Thomas […]

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Pinch-Hitters for the Caliphate: Reading Samuel Huntington in the Crimea

They’re settlers.  That’s a loaded term, and I know how heavily it weighs on the virtual page.  But that’s what


They’re settlers.  That’s a loaded term, and I know how heavily it weighs on the virtual page.  But that’s what they are, so why beat around the post-Bush era?  When you hear that Russia has intervened in the Crimean Peninsula on behalf of a fraternal population, I hope you can keep in mind that many […]

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If Islam is the Solution, It’s Also The Problem

Is Frederick Starr Right? f it’s “moderate Islam” you want, S. Frederick Starr argues, “look to Central Asi


Is Frederick Starr Right? f it’s “moderate Islam” you want, S. Frederick Starr argues, “look to Central Asia.”  He means the post-Soviet stans.  They are heirs to an undeniably grand historic legacy, he rightly explains; once centers of scholarship, trade, ideas, and innovation.  And in our own age, they’ve embraced secular governance and free markets.  So […]

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The Modernization of Culture

Chapters In the Battle of Islamists, Religion is the Distraction: 0:13 Modernity: My Army Can Beat Up Your Army: 2:42 Ca


Chapters In the Battle of Islamists, Religion is the Distraction: 0:13 Modernity: My Army Can Beat Up Your Army: 2:42 Capitalism 3 – Democracy  0: Welcome to the Planet: 5:29 Featured slider image courtesy of Tax Credits/Flickr.

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Happy Someone Else’s New Year

Entirely unscientifically, and heavily skewed towards recently, I share end-of-year moments from American Islam, hints a


Entirely unscientifically, and heavily skewed towards recently, I share end-of-year moments from American Islam, hints and fragments, clichés and overused tropes, reflections of the undersides of a diverse, polyglot, growing community.  These come from my time trying to (a) improve the quality of conversations about Islam and Muslims, (b) get Muslims into conversations about Islam, […]

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Why Do We Treat Our Women That Way?

In a four-part video series, Senior Editor Haroon Moghul, examines the horrors of domestic violence and how they are so


In a four-part video series, Senior Editor Haroon Moghul, examines the horrors of domestic violence and how they are so often marginalized in Muslim culture.     Part I: The Point Isn’t If She Got Beat Up, The Point Is Women Get Beat Up A few days ago, I posted a link on my Facebook […]

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Islam Invented Democracy

This time, Thomas Friedman was against American intervention–in Syria.  Since nearly ten years ago he was enthusi


This time, Thomas Friedman was against American intervention–in Syria.  Since nearly ten years ago he was enthusiastically and dangerously using his potent platform to encourage us to go to war with Iraq, you might think this a substantive change of heart. But you’d be wrong.  Friedman opposed the proposed American intervention on Syria—which seems to […]

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There’s only so much Ramadan you can stand (yes that’s a Bentley)

  I have Abu Bakr Ash-Shatry on my iPhone, which is like saying ‘I have all his CDs’, except we’re in the 21s


  I have Abu Bakr Ash-Shatry on my iPhone, which is like saying ‘I have all his CDs’, except we’re in the 21st century.  On Ramadan’s fifteenth night, my brother and I navigated our way to Rashidiyya and parked in a sandlot under the green line.  There with time to spare, I was so enthusiastic I […]

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Oblivion: the Ultimate Muslim Movie?

Senior Editor Haroon Moghul offers a unique take on the summer blockbuster Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise), and how it


Senior Editor Haroon Moghul offers a unique take on the summer blockbuster Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise), and how it’s the perfect “Muslim” movie. Part 1: Are You Trying to Understand Islam? Listen to Tom Cruise Part 2: Moses vs. Pharaoh: A 21st Century Morality Play Part 3: Why Are Muslims So Violent? Part 4: What’s […]