Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
With a new afterword
Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.
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Patel writes an excellent memoir of building a movement as he develops his own (religious, political, and social) identity. This is an excellent resource for people engaged with interfaith collaboration, but also for developing leaders in all stripes of social entrepreneurship. He paints a virtual how-to in identifying funding sources, encouraging community support, and sup ...more
His vision of religious pluralism is not one that says " all religions are the same and the differences don't really matter.". Instead he has real respect for the uniqueness of each religion, for following ones own convictions, for searching out truth. His vision ...more
The book itself is disjointed. Part of it is about his own life, which can be summarized as upper middle-class kid has ...more
"This is a book," he writes, "about how some young people become champions of religious pluralism while others become the foot soldiers of religious t ...more
That being said, Patel is an amazing person! He has spoken at my college twice in the last 2 years and has blown me away! It is his charisma, flawless speech-writing, and desire for peace and understanding that drew me to this book. The writing is well-done and I could see bits of his personality shine throug ...more
Patel makes a case that religious violence (suicide bombings, etc.) can and is being taught to youth around the world, and that if we wish to counter it we must teach youth a different response:an ethic of service that recognizes common values in a variety of religions while acknowledging and respecting the unique paths each tra ...more
What he apparently is afraid to tell his audiences is that the Ismaili sect of Islam is considered so liberal that many Muslims would say the Ismailis are not Muslim at all.
This is particularly astounding given that it was Ismaili's who founded Al Hazar University, possibly the most respected Islamic center of learning on the planet. (It shifted from a Shia/Ismaili base to ...more
The most interesting quotes come from others, but that is not a slight to him. I think it is wonderful to pass along the words of others who have inspired you. So let me finish this review with some of Pate ...more
April 2012 update: I reread Acts of Faith this week. Still wonderful, three years later. It is amazing how much this book has positively influenced how I see the world.
The part in which I enjoyed the most was toward the middle end. During this part, the author delved into the live and following of Saddam Hussein.
Overall, I could not get into this book and at night I had to force myself to read a few pages e ...more
The above may be the most important takeaway from Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Whether on ...more
What were humans able to do that angels could not, that gave us the ability to serve as stewards of creation? We could name things. We had creativity. We could learn and apply our learning to improve creation.
Maghrib time is the holy moment when it is both night and day on earth.
Muhammad, guided by revelations from God, knew that ultimate victory for Islam did not mean violently defeating the enemy, but peacefully reconciling with them.
Religion, as Archbishop Desmond tutu once said, is ...more
It's about religious pluralism/tolerance. This guy started an organization called the Interfaith Youth Core. He asks how teenagers came to hold their views. And answers "People taught them." He also says that teenagers' faith in their own religion becomes stro ...more