| Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul


The Maydan Institute


Executive Director


Haroon Moghul is Executive Director of The Maydan Institute. He served as Director of Public Relations at the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Moghul holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His fields of study include Muslim nationalism in South Asia, colonial and post-colonial Islamic politics and the development of the Indian Ocean economy. Mr. Moghul graduated from NYU in 2002 with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, and a minor in Arabic. He has also has studied Persian, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He was nominated for the 2009 Presidential Award for Best Teaching by a Graduate Student at Columbia University.

Mr. Moghul’s sermons and lectures are included in the Islamic Center at NYU’s new media services, which average over 30,000 unique downloads per month from over 120 countries. His academic engagements include Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. Mr. Moghul has been interviewed by or otherwise featured on CNN, al-Hurra, The History Channel, ABC-7, Voice of America, National Public Radio (NPR), UN Radio (Arabic), The New Yorker, TIME, the Guardian, and The National (Abu Dhabi).

Formerly contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica Magazine, Mr. Moghul maintains a popular blog, Avari, which won several Brass Crescent Awards, including wins for Best Muslim Blog, Best Thinker and Best Writing. His essays and articles have been published in a variety of international media, including Pakistan's Dawn and The Friday Times, as well as American media, including Tikkun and Religion Dispatches. He prepares policy reports and analyses for Tabah Foundation, an Abu-Dhabi based think-tank devoted to bridging Muslim tradition and contemporary Western politics and thought. Mr. Moghul’s first analytic brief, published in English and Arabic, considered the role of Muslim scholars in encouraging dialogue with the United States. His first novel, The Order of Light, was released by Penguin Global in 2006. A French translation, Comment j'ai échappé à l'Ordre de lumière, was published by Cherche Midi in 2007.

Haroon Moghul has been selected as one of over 500 global Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) and participated in the MLT Conference in Doha, Qatar (2009). Mr. Moghul will be presenting his research into the effects of new media at the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Publications

The Order of Light. New York: Penguin Global, 2006. [French translation, Comment j'ai échappé à l'Ordre de lumière, published by Cherche Midi, 2007].

My First Police State. [United States]: Xlibris Corp., 2003.


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