Acts of Faith The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

ISBN-10: 0807077267
ISBN-13: 9780807077269
Edition: 2007
Authors: Eboo Patel
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Description: The lessons we learn when we are young, Eboo Patel writes, determine the commitments we carry the rest of our lives. Even so, many organizations only pay lip service to the importance of youth programs; few devote substantial time and effort to  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The lessons we learn when we are young, Eboo Patel writes, determine the commitments we carry the rest of our lives. Even so, many organizations only pay lip service to the importance of youth programs; few devote substantial time and effort to them. But there is a segment of our world that fully understands that young people are a combustible combination of power and fragility. Preachers in the bigotry-driven Christian identity movement pay special attention to young people. Yitzhak Rabin's assassin was a twenty-five-year-old ovservant Jew. Muslim extremists run madrasas with the clear-cut goal of teaching youth that violence is the answer. Youth programs are the focus of the institutions created by these religious totalitarians and at the center of their strategies. All too often, young people are the perpetrators of the devastating acts of violence that define these groups. Acts of Faith interweaves accounts of how religious totalitarian groups engage youth with Patel's own story of growing up Muslim and angry in America. His unique understanding of the importance of positively engaging religious youth led him to found the Interfaith Youth Core, an energetic organization that seeks to counter religious totalitarianism by building an interfaith, pluralistic youth movement. Addressing the key questions of this emerging movement, Patel shows us how to engage religious conservatives and, most importantly, how to positively focus the fires of youth.

Introduction : the faith line
The crossroads of the identity crisis
Growing up American, growing up other
Identity politics
Real world activism
An American in India
The Story of Islam, the story of pluralism
The youth programs of religious totalitarians (or tribal religion, transcendent religion)
Building the interfaith youth core
Conclusion : saving each other, saving ourselves

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