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Two Billion Caliphs

A Vision of a Muslim Future

Author: Haroon Moghul

Explains the attraction of Muslims to their faith, and discusses the challenges contemporary Islam confronts, and how we might imagine an Islamic theology and identity ready to face tomorrow

Islam is often associated with and limited to the worst of the world—extremism, obscurantism, misogyny, bigotry. So why would so many people associate with such a fundamentalist faith? Two Billion Caliphs advocates for a way of being Muslim in the world, ready for today and prepared for tomorrow. Unlike stale summaries, which restrict themselves to facts and figures, Haroon Moghul presents a deeply Muslim perspective on the world, providing Islamic answers to universal questions: Who are we? What are we doing here? What happens to us when we die? And from description, Moghul moves to prescription, aspiring to something outrageous and audacious. Two Billion Caliphs describes what Islam has been and what it is, who its heroes are, what its big ideas are, but not only to tell you about the past or the present, but to speak to the future.

Two Billion Caliphs finds that Islam was a religion of intimacy, a faith rooted in and reaching for love, and that it could be and should be again. Fulfilling that destiny depends on the efforts of Muslims to reclaim their faith, rebuild their strength, and reimagine their future, on their own terms. Two Billion Caliphs offers Muslim thoughts for the age ahead, to create an interpretation Islam of and for days to come, the kind of religion the world’s Muslims deserve, with echoes of the confident faith Muslims once had. The destiny of Islam, then, is not, as so many prefer to argue, a reformation. It is a counter-reformation. A restoration of what once was.
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“[A] forthright and entertaining treatise . . . Moghul’s candid mix of devotional and memoir make this a solid primer on Islam.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is a book that only Haroon Moghul could write. It is honest and hopeful, beautiful and painful, visionary and personal. It is at once a history of Islam and a guidebook to your soul. There are paragraphs so perfect, I read them aloud to family and friends.”
—Eboo Patel, author of We Need to Build

“In his stunning new Two Billion Caliphs, Haroon Moghul describes the Hagar of sacred text as representing ‘a kind of ambling Islam.’ In that same spirit, Moghul’s work ambles and careens across time, space, theology, and intimate self-discovery, to locate a new take on Islam. Moghul’s vision of a collective, personal, loving, and meaningful faith—born of his own frailty, curiosity, and longing—requires nothing less than the opening of a spiritual vein. What emerges is honest and transformational and desperately needed, in all of our conversations around religion.”
—Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor, Slate

“In this touching, moving, and thought-provoking book, Haroon Moghul boldly proclaims, and elegantly articulates, the big paradigm shift desperately needed in Islamic thinking: Muslims should let go of the political ‘caliphate,’ with all its religious rigidity, fury, and oppressiveness. Instead, they should revive the original Quranic ‘caliphate’: the wisdom and moral agency within the heart of every human being. I cannot applaud him more.”
—Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow on Islam and modernity at the Cato Institute, author of Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance

“Two billion caliphs as in 2 billion Muslims in the world today.
A deeply introspective book of Haroon's spiritual journey in exploring his faith, his relationship to his faith, why he became a sufi, why he is no longer a sufi.
But it is much more than that: he presents his vision of where Muslims can and should go from here, and its not an easy path, but we have the capacity to achieve it.
I am motivated.”
—Sabeeha Rehman, author and public speaker

A Note for the Reader
Introduction: An Embarrassment of Riches

Yelling at the Converted

What’s the Big Idea?

Standing for Torah at Sinai

Anakin Skywalker Is the Devil

Flood from a Machine

Twilight of the Idols

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

What’s Past Is Prologue

Adam and Eve and Eve and Eve and Eve

The Fable of the Stable Theocracy

The Empty Throne

The Case for the Caliphate

The End

Sermon on the Mount

Why I Am Not a Suf


Two Billion Caliphs

ISBN: 978-080700815-7
Publication Date: 5/16/2023
Size:5.5 x 8.5 Inches (US)
Price:  $16.95
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.
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