Eboo Patel


Eboo Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that seeks to build "bridges of cooperation rather than a barrier of division." He has worked extensively over the last 15 years with variuos organizations, governments, and university campuses from coast to coast in an effort to "help make interfaith cooperation a social norm." Patel has also served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. Patel procured his doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. Patel lives in Chicago with his wife Shehnaz and their two sons.

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