Eboo
Patel

Interfaith leader, author

Eboo writes about: Religion

Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization that is working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council.

A key figure on issues of religious diversity and democracy, Patel was named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report in 2009. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; Interfaith Leadership: A Primer; and Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise. He also publishes a regular blog for Inside Higher Ed called “Conversations on Diversity.”

Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He has been awarded the Louisville Grawemeyer Prize in Religion, the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, the El Hibri Peace Education Prize, and the Council of Independent Colleges Academic Leadership Award, along with honorary degrees from 15 colleges.

To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition but because of it, is the heart of pluralism.

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