I wanted to learn about the tradition behind [my grandmother’s] spiritual equanimity and service ethic…Had my faith helped free countries the way that Gandhi’s Hinduism had? Did it have mouth-widening beauty, like the Sistine Chapel? I knew nothing of Islam except that it lived in my bones. I desperately wanted it to be magnificent.
Eboo Patel, Acts of faith: The story of an American Muslim, in the struggle for the soul of a generation, Boston: Beacon Press, 2007 (new edition 2010), p. 105. Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core and author, most recently, of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America (Beacon 2012).