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Imam Abdullah Antepli
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Imam Abdullah completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he 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 is the founder and executive board member of the Muslim Chaplains Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.

As the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, he is be one of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities. His work at Duke focuses on three primary areas: religious leadership for Duke's Muslim community, pastoral care and counseling for persons of any faith, or of no ascribed faith, and intra- and interfaith work.

He engages students, faculty, and staff across campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more. As part of this work, Chaplain Antepli serves as a faculty member in the Divinity School and at DISC (Duke Islamic Studies Center), teaching a variety of courses on Islam.

Entries by Imam Abdullah Antepli

Hats off to Brandeis University!

(92) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Last Monday morning, I read with disbelief and dismay that Brandeis University was scheduled to honor Ayan Hirsi Ali by awarding her an honorary degree as part of their commencement ceremony at the end of this academic year. My incurable optimism even made me think for a minute that this...

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The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations on College Campuses: Hope or Hopeless?

(10) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:20 PM

I recently had the honor and privilege to be the honorary lecturer of the Pope John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue. The Center is located at The Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City which hosted this year's lecture. Following are the...

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Loss of Dreams: The Turkish Model Falling Apart

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:42 PM

One of the most intense and painful types of grief is caused by lost dreams. The bigger the dream is, the more real and likely to be fulfilled in your perception, the closer for these dreams to become reality in one's mind, and the more unbearable it becomes to lose...

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Is Black Mosque Not Black Enough?

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Since I have been living in the United States, I have welcomed the celebrations and observance of Black History Month with mixed feelings. I believe, in principal, that dedicating a month in remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora in the West is a...

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Mercy to All Worlds: Muhammad

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:52 AM


As you read these lines, more than 1.5 billion Muslims will be celebrating the birthday of their beloved prophet -- or as we know it, Milad an-Nabi or Mawlid -- all around the globe. Muslim love and admiration to Prophet Muhammad manifests itself beautifully through these...

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Torture and Us

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Nothing hurts or disgusts me more than seeing the denial of humanity in any shape or form. One thing that no government or individual has absolutely any right to do is to take one's humanity away by committing human rights violations against individuals or collectives. Torture is one of the...

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Eid Mubarak!

(9) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Tomorrow, 1.7 billion Muslims around the world will complete the four-day celebration of one of the two most important religious festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Adha. The proper greeting for the occasion is "Eid Mubarak!" which effectively means "blessed and happy Eid." I wish heartfelt Eid Mubarak to all...

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Turkish Delight Democracy

(16) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:03 AM

For anyone who has been paying attention to what has been going on in Muslim majority societies only through news headlines, it has really been a rough couple of weeks. To name a few, there have been the Kenya mall attacks, the Pakistan church attacks, increased sectarian violence in Iraq,...

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What's So Sexy About Bigots!?

(14) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:37 PM

This column will be an unexpected continuation of my last column where I reflected and celebrated my family's and my successful story of becoming -- but more importantly feeling -- American without hesitation or ambiguity in a very short period of time. The possibility of becoming and feeling American, which...

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Only in America...

(208) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Last week, the Antepli family celebrated its tenth anniversary of immigrating to the United States. We wandered around in many different parts of the world, considering many options, before arriving in the U.S. with the intention of adopting this country as our new homeland. Almost exactly 10 years ago, I...

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Gratitude From Duke's Muslim Community

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:43 PM

The dust has yet to settle in response to the horrific Boston bombings and the related events that have unfolded since then. It has been an incredible, difficult and painful week for all Americans, to say the least. Without a doubt, it will take time for our nation to process...

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Thinking Is an Act of Worship

(444) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Long awaited Spring has finally arrived to northern hemisphere. The mother earth is busy unveiling many of her beauties as God Almighty models many different types of resurrections to us through this seasonal event. Islam encourages us to be people of pondering and deep reflections through the many verses of...

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Rowan County Defense of Religion Act: Mixing Religion With Politics in North Carolina

(36) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:06 PM

My beautiful state of North Carolina appeared in national and international news headlines last week in a troubling fashion. The Rowan County Defense of Religion Act, supported by 14 state legislators, all of whom are from the same party, sparked a controversy whose dust has yet to settle. It is...

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A Ceasefire and an Apology

(47) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:26 PM

For those who follow closely, exciting and encouraging developments have been taking place recently in my native country of Turkey. Just last Thursday, the jailed Kurdish separatist leader of PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party), Abdullah Ocalan, declared a "formal and clear cease-fire" with Turkey to end the bloody conflict that...

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'Argo' Is Bad, Embarrassing and Wrong

(272) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 9:12 AM

I wonder if I am the only one deeply disturbed and troubled by the recent Hollywood movie, "Argo." My increasing sense of loneliness and alienation with "Argo" has been fed by the movie's overrated fame, its undeserved success in the movie theaters and now more painfully by the multiple Oscars...

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Happy Chinese New Year: Gong Xi Fa Cai!

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

One in every five people in the world is Chinese. As you read these lines, almost a billion and a half Chinese people all around the world have been celebrating the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai is the proper greeting...

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Mali: A Global Wound

(20) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:09 AM

One of the international developments that I have been following with great pain and disappointment is what has been going on in northern Mali since early 2012. For those who are not paying too much attention, here is a brief summary: Mali, a former French colony, is a West African...

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Is God Dead?

(137) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 9:22 AM

Over the winter break, I was thankfully able to find some of those rare moments where I could read. One of the most interesting things I read was an amazing report on the religious landscape of our globe put together by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public...

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Prophetic Voices Needed!

(69) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Today is the sixth day of the Muslim New Year, and in two days we will celebrate the long-awaited Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. This is a providential overlap created by Islam's lunar calendar crossing paths with the Western Gregorian calendar. This overlap seemingly invites me and many others...

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Reflecting on Today's Election in the 2030s and '40s

(85) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Reflecting on today's presidential election decades later, I believe many Democrats and Republicans who were actively involved in 2012 elections, either as candidates or supporters, will be highly ashamed and embarrassed of what has been said of the American-Muslim community during this critical election. More importantly, they will be ashamed...

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