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INIRE 2023 Keynote: "Finding God in a Time of Crisis"

Friday, June 30, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Abdullah Antepli

Duke hosts the 7th Annual International Network for Interreligious Research and Education's (INIRE) Conference and Summer Program entitled "In the Name of God: A Voice for War, a Call for Peace." To open the conference, Abdullah Antepli gives the keynote lecture "Finding God in a Time of Crisis."

Abdullah Antepli has been named Duke's first associate vice president/associate vice provost for community-engaged research and teaching. He is an associate professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy, with a secondary appointment at Duke Divinity School. A scholar, public intellectual and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and the nonprofit world, Antepli has developed organizations and initiatives to facilitate religious and spiritual life across college campuses, and foster understanding between diverse religious and cultural groups. In 2023, he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Antepli previously served as Duke's first Muslim chaplain and director of Center for Muslim Life from July 2008 to 2014, and then as the school's chief representative for Muslim affairs from July 2014 to 2019. He is a senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem since 2012, Antepli earned his master of divinity at Hartford Seminary and completed his undergraduate studies at Ondokuz Mayıs University in his native Turkey.

The International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE) is a worldwide network of scholars from different disciplines and fields, built upon the cooperation of Bar Ilan University, Duke University, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose, Leipzig University, University of Groningen, University of Southampton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. More about the conference, including a full schedule, can be found at:

This conference is being cosponsored by Bar-Ilan University (and especially the Judaism and Society Chair), Duke University (the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke-UNC Middle East Studies Consortium, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Divinity School, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics).