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Religion Dispatches

From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

On the one hand, anything Kim Kardashian does shouldn’t be news. On the other hand, it usually is, so why not use her celebrity to push another point? I’m writing about Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. 

Politics in a Time of Crisis: Sandy? Blame Socialism

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2012 |

Last year I was in Queens, and I over-prepared. I took Hurricane Irene seriously, though she wasn’t as bad as the worst predictions warned us. Just about one year later, however, another and far worse hurricane, a supposed once-in-a-century event, has slammed into New York City. Sadly, some have lost their lives, and millions more are affected.

Tragic Violence in Libya: No Excuse for Perpetrators—or for Provocateurs

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
September 12, 2012 |

With the tragic killing of the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and several of his staff as a consequence of an attack on a US consulate in Benghazi (where the Libyan revolution, that we supported, began, I might add), and the nearly simultaneous storming of the US embassy in Cairo, maybe we’re now thinking: is it Iran all over again? Has the Arab Spring turned into an anti-American winter?

The Faith that Faith Produced

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
August 7, 2012 |

I was washing dishes in the kitchen when I stopped believing in God. Years later, I’m often unsettled at how much of my life I’d spent in that kitchen and how little of it I can recall, except for that one moment. Overwhelmed by constant desperation, I turned suddenly courageous, pondered what might happen if He didn’t exist, decided that He didn’t, and then He was gone. I think the rapid departure hit me the hardest. How had I been so easily taken in? I was raised to believe I should be Muslim, before everything and after everything.

When I Have Fears the Middle East May Cease to Be

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
June 14, 2012 |
We used to buy my grandfather the coolest sneakers. Remember Reebok Pumps? He might have been the first man in Islamabad to own them. Mr. Abdul-Bari would stroll into Lal Masjid, Islamabad's reddish-hued mosque (hence the name), wearing a long cotton tunic and baggy pants, the stereotypical shalwar kamiz.

But Are They “The Good Muslims”?

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
May 3, 2012 |

After their strong showing in the Egyptian elections, Salafis are a hot topic. But despite all the talk of Salafis, we still have a difficult time defining Salafism. Take Wendell Steavenson’s recent New Yorker piece, “Radicals Rising,” a portrait of Salafi politicians in Alexandria, Egypt.

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