India-born Eboo Patel is member of President Barack Obama's faith
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India-born Eboo Patel, a member of President Barack Obama's faith
advisory council, has become the first Muslim to win the prestigious
Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the Louisville Presbyterian
Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville.
Patel, 34, a member of the White House's Advisory Council on
Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and the Religious
Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations is founder of
a group focussed on the global interfaith youth movement.
interfaith organisation, launched in 1998 and based in Chicago, is
now active at about 75 college campuses, according to beliefnet, a
"This is an idea award, but what makes him stand out is that he also
has an organisation and a whole structure to back it up," said
Louisville Seminary professor Susan Garrett, who oversees the
of nearly 70 international nominees, Patel won the prize for his
2007 autobiography "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim,
the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation".
his book, Patel argues for exposure to pluralism to help keep young
people influenced by religious radicals from committing devastating
acts of terrorism.
"Religious extremists all over the world are harnessing adolescent
angst for their own ends," said Garrett. "Patel urges us to take
advantage of the short window of time in a young person's life to
teach the universal values of cooperation, compassion, and mercy."
Earlier this year, Patel won the Roosevelt Institute's Freedom of
Worship Medal, and was named one of America's Best Leaders in 2009
by US News & World Report magazine. Previously, Islamica magazine
named him "one of 10 young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in
Harvard's Kennedy School Review cited him as one of "five future
policy leaders to watch".
graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the
Rhodes Scholar received a doctorate in the sociology of religion
from Oxford University.