Towards Understanding Islam

Duke Divinity School

March 31, 2014

The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies (AEHS) at Duke Divinity School invites all who want to learn more about Islam and reflect on Islam as Christians to participate in our 2014 Study Day, "Towards Understanding Islam." Topics to be covered will include:

  • The foundations of Islam: Muhammad and the Qur’an
  • How do Muslims see Christianity?
  • Christian approaches to Islam: the need for intelligence, humility, and confidence

The Rev. Dr. David Marshall, who will lead the Study Day, is the director of AEHS and serves on the Divinity School faculty as associate professor of the practice of Christian-Muslim relations. An ordained priest in the Church of England, he studied theology at the University of Oxford and Islamic studies at Birmingham University. From 2000-2005, Marshall served as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. In this position he had responsibility for the Archbishop’s work in interfaith relations and was involved in a number of initiatives in Christian-Muslim dialogue in England and internationally. Before coming to Duke in early 2013, Marshall was a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, where he served as academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar for Muslim and Christian scholars, chaired annually by Archbishop Rowan Williams. Marshall has also taught on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in several universities and seminaries in Europe, the U.S., and Africa.

Marshall writes, “It’s a great privilege to be teaching at Duke Divinity School in the area of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. I find that students are hungry to extend their understanding of this crucial field and that as they do so they are also prompted to think more deeply about many questions within their own faith and practice. I’m delighted to be able to offer an AEHS Study Day on this topic and hope many will find it a stimulating and useful experience.”

Registration fee: $65.00
Parking $6.00

Registration includes lunch and all study materials.

The registration deadline is March 24, 2014.


Clergy of the diocese of North Carolina may apply to the School of Ministry for a scholarship. To register you will still need to pay the full amount, a portion of which may be reimbursed in cases of need. Contact Shelley Kappauf at the School of Ministry at (336) 273-5770.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30 a.m. Morning Session
11:45 a.m. Noon Prayer and Lunch
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
3:30 p.m. Blessing and Dismissal

The Duke Divinity School rate of $99 for single and $109 for double occupancy, including a full hot breakfast, is available at the Millennium Hotel.

To make a reservation, call (800) 633-5379 or (919) 383-8575; be sure to request the Duke Divinity rate.

Please e-mail Sonja Tilley, AEHS staff specialist, or call (919) 660-3539.