Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel is the founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit working to build mutual respect and pluralism among religiously diverse young people by empowering them to work together to serve others. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, published by Beacon Press in June 2007.Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He serves as an online panelist for the "On Faith" blog, co-hosted by The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. He also serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, the Advisory Board of Duke University's Islamic Studies Center, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.Patel has written for The Chicago Tribune, the Journal of Muslim Law and Culture, the Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, and for National Public Radio. He is an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world, and was featured in Islamica magazine as one of the ten leading young Muslim visionaries in America.