Imam Abdullah T. Antepli's Remarks from JTS Event on “The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations on College Campuses: Hope or Hopeless?”

"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 summary of my remarks at this annual event:

I'm one of only 11 full-time Muslim chaplains on a U.S. university campus, serving at Duke University. It's the only place I know where it's kosher and halal to pray for "the Devils." If one looks for an overarching identity where political, sectarian and religious differences disappear, look toward college basketball. Israeli-Palestinian conflicts are a piece of cake. But the Duke-UNC rivalry, there is no hope."

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