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How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul

How to Be a Muslim

  • Paperback $17.00

    Jun 06, 2017 | 256 Pages

  • Ebook $16.99

    Jun 06, 2017

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Praise

“In sometimes heartbreaking and staggering prose laced with subtle and sardonic humor, Moghul (The Order of Light) shares what it looks like to hammer out an American Muslim identity. As Moghul loses himself and seeks himself, readers will appreciate his story as a second-generation Muslim immigrant, but also as a representative of the modern man: searching, groping, discovering, losing, loving, hoping, dreaming, and suffering. Highly recommended for its candor and relatability, this book will invite readers to fathom what it means to grasp Islam—and religion and spirituality in general.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Between Homer Simpson and Muhammad Iqbal, Rumi and Kobe Bryant, Haroon Moghul’s profound, honest, entertaining, and hilarious memoir emerges as an important voice for our times. The title, How to Be a Muslim, doesn’t do this revealing and impressive memoir justice. It should simply be called ‘How to Be a Human.’ By showing us his warts, pain, flaws, insecurities, demons, and hypocrisies, Moghul ultimately reveals the joy, wonder, and purpose of living and being in the messy, conflicted playground that is modern life.”
—Wajahat Ali, author of The Domestic Crusaders

How to Be a Muslim is at once a poignant spiritual memoir, a gripping tale of love and survival, and a pop-culture-infused retelling of an ancient tradition. Packed with wit, wisdom, and wry intelligence, Haroon Moghul’s story should be read by anyone who wants to understand the complexity and reality of religion in America today.”
—Peter Manseau, author of One Nation, Under Gods

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story details Haroon Moghul’s journey from nonbelief to faith. With capacious wit and impassioned logic, this timely memoir portrays the forging of a young man’s identity. An essayist, broadcaster, and commentator on Islamic affairs, Moghul takes a personal turn describing early rifts between his inward and outward life. He was born to Punjabi parents from Pakistan, and raised as a Muslim in New England despite his lack of connection to God. Thematic chapters detail his struggle to reconcile his family’s religion with his longing for a normal teenage life; attempts at relationships; his college years; excursions to Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Cairo, and Dubai; bipolar disorder; divorce; and other topics. No matter the event under discussion, it’s the fascinating tension between what others perceive Moghul to be and what Moghul feels that results in a work of biting self-awareness.”
—Karen Rigby, The Forward Reviews

Table Of Contents

1
You Go to Sleep, and You Wake Up Dead

2
How the Hell the Apple Fell

3
Linda Was a Cheerleader

4
Judge None Choose One

5
Catholic Girls

6
Hi, I Am Not a Christian

7
Which of These Two Land Cruisers Will You Deny?

8
And Shame Is the Sun

9
“Are You There, Muhammad? It’s Me, God?”

10
A Planet Called Medina

11
The Falafel Philosophy

12
You Think You Need to Get Married

13
Between the Dome of the Rock and a Hard Place

14
Wake Me Up When September Ends

15
Make It Look Like You’re Working

16
The Gravedigger Said

17
The Late, Great Mosques of Córdoba

18
How to Be an Idiot

19
The Bigamist

20
Emirate State of Mind

21
Jet Engine Oven

22
Matthew and Son

23
Who Shot the Shatri

24
Gazi Husrev Begging the Question

25
Muslim Prefers Virgin

Acknowledgments

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