Haroon Moghul's Critical Reads

June 13th, 2017

Haroon Moghul builds Muslim-Jewish engagement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He’s written for the Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and CNN. He and his wife want to move back to New York. Moghul discusses How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, Mon. 6/19 6pm at the Co-op. RSVP and details here.


All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen. Shulem's memoir is sometimes gut-wrenching, deeply personal and painfully honest. Though his trajectory and mine diverged--he lost his faith, and I found mine again--the story he tells is universal. Touching. And beautiful.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber. One of the most interesting science fiction books I've come across in a very long time; Faber creates an intimate portrait of a missionary sharing a religion with a species he cannot understand, but must win over. An incredible achievement.

Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: An American Story by Yossi Klein Halevi. Halevi's story describes the journey of a young Jewish boy becoming a man, and negotiating his place in a community where identity is often treacherous. His description of what it takes to become and unbecome an ideology is stunning.

No God but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. Aslan's is still the most accessible, compelling and informative introduction to a widely-misunderstood, even mistrusted and feared religion. Rich in information, and yet open to the reader entirely new to the subject.