Eboo Patel on Religious Extremists and Their Appeal to Young People

Eboo Patel on Religious Extremists and Their Appeal to Young People 1

Darren Hauck, Wonderful Machine, for The Chronicle

An audience member holds her copy of Eboo Patel's book as he speaks at Cardinal Stritch U., in Milwaukee.

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Darren Hauck, Wonderful Machine, for The Chronicle

An audience member holds her copy of Eboo Patel's book as he speaks at Cardinal Stritch U., in Milwaukee.

In Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel writes about how the post-9/11 world became more aware of the growing link between religion and violence. But people seemed to be missing another link, one brought home in April by the Boston Marathon bombings: "The shock troops of religious extremism were young people." As he would learn, this was no accident. Following are two excerpts from the book.

"I believe that religious violence is the product of careful design, manipulated