Friday, September 12, 2014

David Marshall, associate professor of the practice of Christian-Muslim relations at Duke Divinity School, has co-edited a new book exploring the views of Christian and Muslim theologians on the themes of death, resurrection, and human destiny.

Georgetown University Press published Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives earlier this year. Marshall co-edited the book with Lucinda Mosher, faculty associate for interfaith studies at Hartford Seminary and the assistant academic director of the Building Bridges seminar.

The book is a record of the 2012 Building Bridges seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars convened by Rowan Williams shortly before his retirement as the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was the tenth annual Christian-Muslim seminar chaired by Williams, with this dialogue process now continuing under the auspices of Georgetown University.

In this book, the seminar’s themes are explored with references to key texts from the Bible and Quran, medieval classics by al-Ghazali and Dante, and Christian and Muslim funeral liturgies and practice. Texts are included with commentary and also personal reflections on death by several of the seminar participants.

Contributors include N.T. Wright, Miroslav Volf, Gavin D’Costa, Richard Burridge, Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Mona Siddiqui, Asma Afsaruddin, and Tim Winter. Williams also contributes three brief pieces providing his opening comments at the seminar and his reflections on its proceedings.

Joining Duke Divinity School in 2013, Marshall teaches courses on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, and is also director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. He studied theology at Oxford University and earned a doctorate in Islamic Studies at Birmingham University. A priest in the Church of England, Marshall has served as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and has taught at several seminaries and universities.