Acts of Faith

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  • Copyright: 6/1/2008
  • Publisher: BEACON PRESS
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With a new afterword Acts of Faithis a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patelrs"s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people-and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

Author Biography

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit building the interfaith youth movement. He received his doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Eboo is a regular guest on Chicago Public Radio, a regular panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek On Faith blog, and a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of The Chicago Tribune. Additionally, he has written for The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, Utne Magazine, The Journal of Muslim Law and Culture and National Public Radio and has been featured on a range of media, including CNN Sunday Morning, NPR's Morning Edition, the PBS documentary Three Faiths, One God, The New Republic, American Public Media, the BBC, and CNN.

He serves on the Boards of the International Interfaith Center, CrossCurrents Magazine and Duke University's Islamic Studies Center and is also an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Religious Advisory Committee and the EastWest Institute's Task Force on American Muslims. Eboo is a sought-after speaker whose addresses include the keynote speech at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum with President Jimmy Carter and the Baccalaureate Service Address at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of Building the Interfaith Youth Movement: Beyond Dialogue to Action. Eboo is an Ashoka Fellow, part of an elite network of social entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to change the world. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Faith Linep. xi
The Crossroads of the Identity Crisisp. 1
Growing Up American, Growing Up Otherp. 19
Identity Politicsp. 37
Real World Activismp. 59
An American in Indiap. 77
The Story of Islam, the Story of Pluralismp. 101
The Youth Programs of Religious Totalitarians (or Tribal Religion, Transcendent Religion)p. 125
Building the Interfaith Youth Corep. 151
Conclusion: Saving Each Other, Saving Ourselvesp. 175
Afterwordp. 181
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Bibliographic Essayp. 185
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