How to Be A Muslim

How to Be A Muslim

An American Story

Paperback - 2017
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A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity

Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. Moghul was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his relationship to 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 he 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 beliefs and personality. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that 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.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780807020746
0807020745
Branch Call Number: BP80.M6155 A3 2017
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm

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savtadina
Aug 30, 2017

The Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly comments are direct and to the point and is a good contribution to the field of immigrant men especially Muslim men, hopes of families and unspoken hopes and fears, as well as dealing with mental illness. It is a heavy and serious book.

I had heard the author, Haroon Moghul, a Pakistani-American, interviewed on NPR about his book and also about his experience as a participant and later Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is also a Contributor at the Center for Global Policy. I had hoped that the book would include a significant about about his experience at the Shalom Hartman Institute but it did not. I would love to know more about that as the work of the institute seems very important and I'd love to know Moghul's thoughts about it.

ser_library Jul 22, 2017

important perspective, well written and sometimes funny, showing how humans behave irrespective of their home culture. best to read with a day between each chapter for there is much to think about.

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