Haroon Moghul is a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. His research focus is Islamic thought in late colonial India. Haroon is an Associate Editor and columnist at Religion Dispatches; his writing has also been featured on al-Jazeera, Tikkun, The Huffington Post, and various Middle Eastern and South Asian media as well.
In his 2006 novel, “The Order of Light” (Penguin Global), a young Muslim lights himself on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of the Arab Spring. The novel was translated into French by Cherche Midi and distributed in South Asia by Penguin India.
Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, The History Channel, and Russia Today. He has served as Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) and was selected one of 500 global Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. He is also a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly, and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). Haroon has spoken across the United States and internationally on Islamic history and culture, contemporary politics in the Muslim world, and radicalism and religious identity. He serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, and will be leading historical tours of Spain, Turkey, and Bosnia, in 2012.