Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, The Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
In this memoir, Eboo Patel relates his journey to faith-based activism with American youth. Patel, a native of the Chicago area who was born of Indian immigrants and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, recounts the challenges he faced straddling multiple worlds, making the case that religion can play a constructive role in young people’s lives. His struggle is not one of choosing a Muslim identity over assimilation, but of discovering how to embrace difference. Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, which involves youth of different religions in service projects, Patel seeks to chart a course toward genuine pluralism. He presents the work as a high-stakes effort to guide young people toward constructive social engagement, noting that extremism is an appealing alternative that some will take in the absence of authentic leadership.
Muslim Journeys, Memoir, Eboo Patel, Faith-based activism, American youth, Chicago, Indian immigrants, Muslim identity, Assimilation, Interfaith Youth Core, Pluralism, Social engagement
Arts and Humanities | Religion
Patel, Eboo, "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, The Struggle for the Soul of a Generation" (2010). Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. 16.