Eboo Patel | Interfaith Youth Core

Religious Diversity
and American Civic Culture

0:00 Greetings
1:28 The Possibility of a Religiously Diverse Democracy 4:21 Overview: Defining Terms
7:08 Pluralism
11:07 Religious Institutions
15:46 “Modernity Pluralizes”
20:17 Crosses in the Classroom at Boston College
23:26 Audience Responses
28:50 Muslim Kids Attending a Catholic School
33:18 Audience Responses
44:33 Tension at the Shared Interfaith Space
48:37 Audience Responses
57:17 Question and Answer

About the Speaker

Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape.

For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm.

Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred GroundInterfaith Leadership: A Primerand Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise

He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. 

These days, Eboo spends most of his time on the road, doing what he loves: meeting students, educators, and community leaders to talk about the complex landscape of religious diversity and the power of interfaith cooperation in the 21st century.