Skip to main content
Indiana University Bloomington
  • People


What’s in a Name? The Use and Abuse of ‘Abrahamic’ in Interfaith Dialogue

2018 Bill & Frances Julian Program for Intra- and Interfaith Understanding

Carol Bakhos, University of California, Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:30 pm
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Professor of late antique Judaism in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, Carol Bakhos currently serves as director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Chair of the undergraduate interdisciplinary program in the Study of Religion. Her most recent monograph The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 2014) reflects her interests in comparative studies.  She recently published and edited volume Islam and its Past: Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity and Qur'an (Oxford University Press) with Michael Cook, will be published this summer. She is the co-editor of AJS Review, the premiere journal in Jewish Studies. 

Respondents include Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Rev. Charles Dupree, and Dr. Sarah Ifft Decker.

The Bill and Frances Julian Program for Inter- and Intra Faith Understanding

J. William Julian, who passed away on February 19, 2004, was an important civic leader in Indianapolis and a long-time supporter of the Borns Jewish Studies Program and Indiana University Press. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Julian was president of the Gibson Company.

He was one of the first members of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and served on the boards of the Family Service Association, the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, and Catholic Charities. He was president of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Governor Robert Orr appointed him to the Indiana Humanities Council and named him a Sagamore of the Wabash for his services to the State of Indiana.

After his retirement, Mr. Julian became an avid long distance bicyclist, riding across the continental U.S. and from London to Moscow in 1989 on the first such trip to the Soviet Union.

Mr. Julian underwrote Indiana University Press' publication of David Weiss' Reluctant Return: A Survivor's Journey to an Austrian Town. The book recounts the eminent scientist's emotional return to his hometown of Wiener Neustadt. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact