On Thursday, December 12 at 17.00, the Library Maurice Borrmans of PISAI will host the annual Georgetown Lecture on Contemporary Islam. The Revd. Dr. David Marshall will deliver a lecture entitled: Muslims and Secularism: Some Contributions to the Debate. The lecture will consider the modern debate among Muslim thinkers on the relationship of Islam to secularism.
David Marshall is a priest in the Church of England and a scholar in the field of Islamic Studies. He has been the Programme Executive in Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation at the World Council of Churches in Geneva since August 2018, with particular responsibility for Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations. After studying theology at Oxford University, he earned a doctorate in Islamic studies at Birmingham University. He has since served in a variety of contexts, including as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2000 to 2005, where he had responsibility for interfaith relations. In 2002 Marshall helped launch the Building Bridges Seminar, one of the world’s leading projects in theological dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars, and has been involved in this project ever since. Since 2012, Building Bridges has been directed from Georgetown University, where Marshall is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.
Among his recent publications: Monotheism and Its Complexities: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, co-edited with Lucinda Mosher (Georgetown University Press 2018), and God’s Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, co-edited with Lucinda Mosher (Georgetown University Press 2017).