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Patel, a former Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values. Patel argues that such work is essential, manifesting the faith line that will define the 21st century. Patel's own story is more powerful than the exhaustive examples he provides of how mainstream faith failed to reach young people like Osama bin Laden and Yighal Amir, the assassin of Yitzhak Rabin. With honesty, Patel relates how he suffered the racist taunts of fellow youth, and, in response, alternately rebelled against and absorbed the religion of his parents—Islam—but in his own way. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue interfaith work with vigor, not quite knowing his end goal but always feeling in his gut that interfaith understanding was the key. This autobiography of a young activist captures how an angry youth can be transformed—by faith, by the community and, most of all, by himself—into a profound leader for the cause of peace. (July)
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“A beautifully written story of discovery and hope.”
—President Bill Clinton
“[A] visionary book, part coming-of-age memoir and part call-to-action . . . A shining vision of the possibilities of interfaith cooperation and pluralistic discourse.”
—Adam Mansbach, The Boston Globe
“The best recent American statement about living one’s faith in a pluralistic society.”
—Robin Lovin, Christian Century
“Remarkable . . . A well-written, compelling testimony to how one man is trying to ensure that different religions can live side by side in peace.”
—Paul Raushenbush, Beliefnet.com
“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
Just finished this book and very impressed by the author and his ideas. In one sentence on page 142 - "I believe that religious violence is the product of careful design,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gladys S. Kenny
My university required all of the new students to read this book and I'm very glad the chose this one! Very inspiring!Published 1 month ago by Angela Schiska
Gives a whole new perspective to the world-wide religious fundamentalism problem...and hope in the future in the hands and hearts of our youth!Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Walden
'You do not know my story by looking at me on the outside. You need to listen to me, talk with me, laugh with me, to realize that all of humankind shares 99.99% of the same DNA. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth
A MUST read! Eboo Patel has given us all a chance to see how we could make the world a better place by trusting in our diversity and supporting our faith backgrounds alongside... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. A. Dameshek
Great discussion of the interplay between theology, identity, and interfaith dialogue.Published 3 months ago by Michael L