The Cornell Club of New York Presents: “The Meaning of Ramadan” A Discussion and Reception with Haroon Moghul

When: August 2nd, 2010, 6pm – 10pm
Where: 6 East 44th Street, New York, NY
Cost: $31 per person [see below for RSVP guidelines]

Join the Cornell Club for its first-ever introduction to Islam’s holiest month, followed by a delicious dinner featuring Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine.

Haroon Moghul, Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and Executive Director of The Maydan Institute, will outline what the Ramadan fast means for Muslims. With Islam often in the news, and American Muslims constituting a dynamic community at Ivy League Universities, such an event is welcome — and necessary.

Network with other interclub members, discover the common values that link Islam to other Western religious and ethical traditions and break bread with fellow alumni.

Miscellany: All guests must have reservations made through Cornell Club members. Advance reservations are required by Thursday, July 29th. Tickets must be purchased through PayPal at

For questions, please contact Ali Ordonez at


Join Maydan’s Executive Director Haroon Moghul and Senior Instructor Imam Khalid Latif at Masjid Yusuf on Saturday night, July 10th, 2010.

Title: “How Did It Come To This? Islamophobia and the Media.”

At 8:45p.m., Haroon will be presenting on Muslims and Islamophobia, introducing strategies to engage media, offer alternatives to negative narratives, understand how and why Islamophobia works the way it does and empower Muslim communities with better and more diverse representation.

186 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA (Masjid Yusuf)

Saturday, July 10th, at 8:45 – 10:15 pm

Free and open to the public.  All are welcome.

The Council of Foreign Relations, the non-partisan think tank which also publishes Foreign Affairs, has just published a much-needed backgrounder on the world’s second-largest intergovernmental body, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Maydan Institute’s ED, Haroon Moghul, was consulted for the backgrounder and is featured.  Please read and share the full document, as it represents a valuable resource for understanding an increasingly prominent global organization and relationships between America and the West.

Maydan Executive Director Haroon Moghul has just published a review of Sean Foley’s The Arab Gulf States on Religion Dispatches.  Here’s an excerpt:

A middle-class vision of Islam might seem boring, but it will in fact become tremendously upsetting to established practice. As more Muslims can afford the journey, more will demand to come. How will these Muslims relate to Saudi control over the holy cities? Where will they stay? How many will be allowed to visit at any one time? How will they demand accommodations—because they will—be made to their particular pieties? And their wealth will effect how Mecca and Medina, long centers of intra-Muslim commerce, receive them.

Because of the weakness of post-colonial states, and the unrepresentative nature of many of their governments, the vision of an Islamic state, or a Caliphate, or some means of restoring dignity to Muslim populations was for a time attractive. But now even strong states are caught up in a network they cannot control: Greece sneezes, and Wall Street panics. In the Muslim world, the romanticism of pan-Islamism is fading, in part because it has no realizable form. In its place, Muslims will look to common practices to fuse their desire for better governance with their desire to keep religiosity a part of their public identity. Mecca and Medina offer the best means of doing so, as a site to confirm, express and link pieties—reinforcing religion in places very far from the Kingdom.

This Friday, June 11th, Maydan ED Haroon Moghul will be speaking at Bilal Masjid Trailers on The Facebook Generation – Muslim Youth and New Media.  The event will start at 7pm.  Bilal Masjid is located at 4115 Southwest 160th Avenue,
Beaverton, OR 97007.

Bridging Babel

May 8, 2010

Maydan ED Haroon Moghul is featured in Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center report, “Bridging Babel: New Social Media and Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding.”  A .pdf of the report can be found here.

Maydan ED Haroon Moghul will be giving the Friday sermon (khutbah) at Princeton University, for its first Religion Week, this Friday, April 23rd at 1:15p.m.

At 6:00pm that day, Haroon will be delivering a talk on how understandings of Islam can empower or alienate Muslims.  The talk, titled: “Has God Abandoned the Muslim World? An Historical Perspective,” will be at Princeton’s Campus Club, the corner of Washington Road and Prospect Avenue.

Maydan ED Haroon Moghul presented an introduction to Maydan’s media workshops on April 16th, 2010 at Cornell University.  His most recent essay for Religion Dispatches reviews a Financial Times’  journalist’s account of America and the Middle East.

The Maydan Institute congratulates Senior Instructor, Imam Khalid Latif, runner up in the FaithTrust Institute’s 2009 National Sermon Contest.  This contest asked for submissions pertaining to child abuse, rape and domestic violence and Khalid’s two submissions, Real Men Don’t Hit Women (2-part video) and Upholding Female Dignity (audio).

You can view and hear these submissions through the Islamic Center at NYU.

Imam Latif’s ongoing service to people of faith, in New York City and internationally, represents the best of The Maydan Institute.  Our ambition is to empower your communities with the skills to translate such reach and expertise into your context, so that your community can reach its fullest potential.

Welcome and Marhaba

March 4, 2010

We started The Maydan Institute because we believe the fullest potential of Muslim communities, here in America and abroad, across the world, is so far unrealized.  Our work, academic and personal experiences have taken us from Copenhagen, Denmark to Melbourne, Australia, where we have interacted with promising Muslims and other thought leaders, activists, businessmen and women, journalists and artists, building bridges, establishing institutions and sharing ideas.  Now we want to share what we’ve learned.  In fact, we need to.

The world can only move forward if global Muslim and Western populations can come to the table and talk, finding common values and common interests for the years ahead.  As American Muslims — as Westerners — we feel we have an important part to play in that dialogue.

We’ll be updating this blog from time to time, to give you news about upcoming Maydan Institute workshops, lectures and special events.  We’ll also link to articles, speeches and sermons given by members of our team: Omar Taha, Imam Khalid Latif and myself, Haroon Moghul.  And, of course, we always welcome honest feedback, suggestions and criticisms.