Wednesday, March 22nd | 29 Adar 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2022


Abdullah T. Antepli


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. He has built multiple organizations and initiatives to facilitate religious and spiritual life across America’s college campuses, sowing seeds of understanding between religions while upholding their cultural integrity and dignity. He is currently a Fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel and a co-director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative. In an April 2022 lecture, he called on Jews and Muslims to bring the “cosmic gift” of mutual understanding to “make God smile” in the 21st Century. Antepli also recalled his youth in Turkey, when he was exposed to antisemitic ideas. “Thankfully the God of Mercy did not allow me to live at that level of toxicity and poison,” he added. (Photo: Duke Divinity)


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Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori

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