Islam and Christianity: Faith and Contradiction
with Imam Abdullah Antepli & Ellen F. Davis
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote, “The single greatest antidote to violence is conversation.” This master class explores the power of Islam and Christianity to promote violence and social healing. With the help of ancient scriptural texts as well as contemporary voices within both traditions, we will consider how to engage religious identity in ways that lead to healthy self-criticism and deeper mutual appreciation.
This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the masters. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.
Imam Antepli is an associate professor at Duke Divinity School and at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He has worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar and Malaysia and is founder of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains. He served as the first Muslim chaplain at Duke and Wesleyan University and was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. The author of eleven books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. Her most recent books are Preaching the Luminous Word and Opening Israel’s Scriptures.