Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core discusses the importance of interfaith education and dialogue in the current global climate. He argues that unless we educate people about religious understanding when they're young, they may learn things about other faiths that are incorrect, or even dangerous.
Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation. His blog, The Faith Divide, explores what drives faiths apart and what brings them together. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.
An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Eboo has a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He is on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Advisory Board of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center. Eboo is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select network of social entrepreneurs with ideas that could change the world
Eboo Patel, founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, describes how the media coverage of religious extremism makes us believe that religion only divides people, when in fact many of our great leaders have been deeply religious.
Patel argues for dividing people along the faith line: not the line separating people of different faiths, but the line separating those who support religious diversity, and those who seek to eliminate it.