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Co-Director, Muslim Leadership Initiative

Imam Abdullah Antepli is a Fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Co-Director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative. He is on the faculty at both Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Divinity School, where from 2008–2014 he served as the university’s first Muslim chaplain, one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. He was recently recognized as one of the most influential Muslims in US Higher Education by the NonProfit Times.

In his multiple roles at Duke, Imam Abdullah engages students, faculty, and staff across and beyond campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more. Imam Abdullah also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School, teaching courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.

From 1996–2003 Imam Abdullah worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He then served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University, and subsequently as the Associate Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations and an adjunct faculty member at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.

Imam Abdullah is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA).

Imam Abdullah Antepli, a globally recognized interfaith scholar and leader of cross-cultural dialogue and an associate professor at Duke University, was honored with the ADL’s prestigious Daniel Pearl Award in 2023 for his work in building bridges of understanding between Jews and Muslims and for promoting peace and religious tolerance. 

Abdullah Antepli


Mar 21, 2023

Abdullah Antepli, David Schanzer

We write as supporters of the State of Israel’s right to live in peace within secure borders as a member of the community of nations but critics of many aspects of Israel’s policies regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

May 26, 2022

Abdullah Antepli received the inaugural Peoplehood Award from Building Together, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering agricultural cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis.

Feb 17, 2021

How does Zionism inform, complicate, and challenge the interfaith encounter?

Oct 22, 2020

An interfaith conversation on faith, prayer, shared work and friendship hosted by the Krakow Jewish Festival.

Aug 26, 2020

Abdullah Antepli, Sharon Brous, Wajahat Ali, Rabia Chaudry

A collaborative project bringing together writers, activists, academics, poets, and public servants to imagine a blueprint for a post-COVID America.

Sep 3, 2019

Imam Abdullah Antepli has been named to the NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50

Jan 16, 2017

Closing program of conference on Jews and Muslims in America, January 16, 2017 in New York

Jan 16, 2017

Conference on Jan. 16, 2017 provided a wide diversity of programs and presenters, with a mix of pedagogies, goals, and teaching styles.

Jul 10, 2016

Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli discuss their personal journeys of transformation in a conversation moderated by Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield

Feb 1, 2016

Profile of Imam Abdullah Antepli, co-director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative

Sep 9, 2015

Dozens of young US Muslim leaders have traveled to Israel to learn about Judaism, Zionism and Israel, a vital step toward Muslim-Jewish healing in America and beyond.

Nov 14, 2014

The challenges of Jewish/Muslim dialogue and why rising bigotry is not unique to one faith community, nor one-way.

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