Dialog of Civilizations: Islam's Perspective Panel - Sept. 30


Marywood University presents the panel, Dialog of Civilizations: Islam's Perspective, in the Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center on September 30 at 5:30 p.m. The featured speakers include Abdullah Antepli, Ph.D., Duke University and Walter Wagner, Ph.D., Moravian Theological Seminary.

Responding to the landmark essay by Samuel Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations," the presenters will discuss the opportunities for mutual understanding and collaboration among the world's religions.

Imam Abdullah Antepli, Ph.D. is the Muslim Chaplain and Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies at Duke University. He also serves as a faculty member in the Divinity School and at the Duke Islamic Studies Center, teaching a variety of courses on Islam. 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.  

Walter Wagner is an ordained Lutheran clergyperson. He has been a full time faculty member at California Lutheran University, Upsala College, New Jersey, and Muhlenberg College. While at Muhlenberg, he was involved in the establishment of the Jewish-Christian Center for Understanding.   Dr. Wagner was the director for theological education for the Lutheran Church in America and is presently an adjunct professor at Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian College, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  He is the author of  Opening the Qur'an: Introducing Islam's Holy Book  published by University of Notre Dame Press.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the panel at 6:30 p.m.