Haroon Moghul Discusses His Muslim-American Identity at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Haroon Moghul Discusses His Muslim-American Identity at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Haroon Moghul talks about being a Muslim-American in post-9/11 America. Photo by Monika Graff, 9/11 Memorial.

CNN commentator Haroon Moghul spoke at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Wednesday night in an intimate and engaging conversation about struggling with his Muslim-American identity after 9/11.

Moghul, who recently published “How to Be a Muslim: An American Story,” discussed his experience during an emotional and politically tense time for the United States and how it has influenced his work as the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

In the clip below, Moghul talks about the rise of Islamic extremism and its effect on Muslim-American identity.

“It's deeply humbling because the actions of a small minority – albeit very dangerous, but a small minority – have come to stand in for the religion at large,” said Moghul. “So it is a very unique moment, to say the least, when you are a member of community of 1.5 billion people who cannot escape the actions or the ideology of the minority among them. Especially when that is sort of murderously set against them. So that is, I think, for a lot of American Muslims and a lot of Muslims globally, a profound challenge and a deep psychological wound.”

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Click here to watch the full program.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff