Synopses & Reviews
A young Muslim activist explains our critical need to counter the recruitment of youth by religious fundamentalists
Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel's remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.
A beautifully written story of discovery and hope. --President Bill Clinton
Visionary . . . The tale of a man's increasing understanding that traditions of mercy, compassion, and social justice are embedded in every faith, and accessing them is the key to creating a pluralism that enhances fiath rather than threatening it. --Adam Mansbach, Boston Globe
Eboo Patel is an exciting new voice of a new America: diverse but not divisive, hopeful but not utopian. He speaks for all of us from a rising generation of bright, brown and bold Americans who have much to offer a country embarking on a new millennium and in need of new blood. --Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, executive director of the Zaytuna Institute
Patel] shows how educating a new generation to reject religious intolerance and work for the common good is the only way the world can avoid growing fanaticism and violence. This hopeful book shows the power that is waiting to be engaged for a better future. --Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics
Eboo Patel has crafted an elegantly written and brilliantly argued manifesto--a call to arms, really--about the importance, not of interfaith dialogue, but of interfaith cooperation. His thesis is simple: children are not born to hate; hatred is taught to them. And in a time when religion is used increasingly to justify bigotry and violence, it is up to people of faith everywhere who believe in peace, and tolerance, and pluralism, to stand up to those who preach hatred in the name of God. Acts of Faith is more than a book, it is an awakening of the mind. It should be required reading for all Americans. --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
A remarkable book by a young Muslim and a Rhodes Scholar with a vast spiritual vision: a future in which young people join hands in service across the lines of religion. Refreshing, honest, and hopeful, it will speak to the soul of a generation yearning for a new way ahead. Give it to every young person in your life--and to yourself. --Diana Eck, author of A New Religious America: How a 'Christian Country' Has Become the World's Most Religious Diverse Nation
With a new afterword by the author
A renowned Muslim activist’s personal story of building a global interfaith youth movement that might just change the world
Eboo Patel is one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Acts of Faith is his story of growing up Muslim in America and how he came to believe in religious pluralism. This highly acclaimed book is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people.
With a new afterword
Acts of Faith is 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 Patel’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.
About the Author
Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit building the interfaith youth movement. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. Named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Acts of Faith is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Faith Line
1. The Crossroads of the Identity Crisis
2. Growing Up American, Growing Up Other
3. Identity Politics
4. Real World Activism
5. An American in India
6. The Story of Islam, the Story of Pluralism
7. The Youth Programs of Religious Totalitarians
(or Tribal Religion, Transcendent Religion)
8. Building the Interfaith Youth Core
Conclusion: Saving Each Other, Saving Ourselves