Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a highly religiously diverse social landscape. For over fifteen years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and the new Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Eboo lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz, and two sons. When he’s not teaching his kids about interfaith cooperation, you’ll find him feeding his coffee addiction and rooting for Notre Dame.
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"In an era riven with interfaith tension and crying out for positive engagement with religious difference, higher education’s approach (or lack thereof) to religious diversity flies in the face of what should be its mission to nurture engaged and educated citizens for a pluralistic world."
"What do we miss when we lack the eyes to see the dimensions of religious diversity in the situations all around us?"
Eboo discusses the challenge of building healthy, religiously diverse democracies with the Association of American Colleges & Universities.
Why conversations on religious diversity should be actively woven into the college experience.
Eboo discusses interfaith cooperation's potential to reduce prejudice and build cohesive communities at the 2015 Chautauqua Institution gathering.
Any college that promises to prepare global citizens has to take religious diversity seriously enough to educate their students to be interfaith leaders.
A look at the founding of Interfaith Youth Core and our ambitious mission
Eboo Patel opens Technori's Education Tech startup showcase by discussing the urgency of interfaith cooperation and why online organizing is so critically important.