Greenspon Center Honors Imam Abdullah Antepli with 2024 Greenspon Center Upstander Award

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Imam Abdullah Antepli will be receiving the 2024 Stan Greenspon Upstander Award which is bestowed upon an individual who has taken great risks and exhibits great courage in responding to hate. His speech that night will be titled, “To Heal Our Broken World: The Role of Interfaith Efforts in Uniting Us.” The program will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm at Queens University.

This program is part of Queens University Presbyterian and Pluralist Week –  a week of events that showcase Queens’ broad reach that embraces people of all faiths and world views.  During this week we offer a range of opportunities to showcase diverse religious and spiritual voices. We explore the intersectional realities of religious and spiritual life at Queens and the wider community. A dessert reception will follow the program.

Imam Abdullah Antepli is a globally-acknowledged scholar and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and in the non-profit world.  His Muslim Leadership Initiative helps young Muslim American leaders understand Judaic and Israeli studies and cultivates compassion in the face of fear and hate.  He has built multiple organizations that facilitate religious and spiritual life on America’s college campuses, sowing seeds of understanding between religions, while upholding their cultural integrity and dignity. He writes regularly on religious and cultural issues, contributing his vibrant voice in national and international media on this crucial area of public affairs. As a Muslim-American Imam and one of the few scholars bridging faith, ethics and public policy, and as someone who was born in Turkey, and has lived in three different countries, Abdullah Antepli offers the academic world an important element of intellectual, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.

Professor Antepli is Vice President and Provost of Community engagement at Duke University with a dual faculty appointments at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Divinity School as associate professor of the practice of religion, politics and interfaith relations.

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. 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.

Imam Antepli previously served as Duke University’s first Muslim chaplain and director of Center for Muslim Life from July 2008 to 2014, and then as Duke’s chief representative for Muslim affairs from July 2014 to 2019. He was also the associate director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center from 2014 to 2015. Professor Antepli is also a senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he founded and co-directs the widely recognized Muslim Leadership Initiative. The NonProfit Times recognized Imam Antepli as one of their Power & Influence Top 50 leaders of 2019, calling him one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in higher education today. As a Muslim-American imam and one of the few scholars bridging faith, ethics, and public policy, and as someone who was born in Turkey and has lived in three different countries, Antepli offers the academic world an important element of intellectual, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.

Imam Abdullah Antepli was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the 2022 Daniel Pearl Award.

This program is sponsored by the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center at Queens University, the Belk Chapel at Queens University, Queens Hillel/Jewish Life Program, and Temple Beth El.

The program will be free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.


“It is critical that we continue to cultivate dialogue, understanding, and respect between the Jewish and Muslim communities. The Quran teaches Muslims that all of humanity is one umma (community) and that we have a divine imperative to get to know each other across differences (ta’āruf). 

As we see so much violence in the world today, the most important weapon against violence and extremism is to humanize the other. This is a critical struggle with which we must all engage.  

Muslims and Jews share many common values, which we should do more to highlight. Muslims recognize Judaism as emerging from the same spiritual wellspring as Islam. The Qur’an affirms the Torah as God’s revelation to humanity and describes it as a source of guidance and light. Most of the 25 prophets identified in the Qur’an are biblical prophets, whom Muslims revere and respect as the best of creation.” – Dr. Hadia Mubarak, Assistant Professor of Religion, Queens University of Charlotte


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