The Revd. Dr David Marshall
The Revd Dr David Marshall is a priest in the Church of England and a scholar in the field of Islamic Studies. After undergraduate studies in Modern Languages and then Theology at Oxford University, and a couple of years working with homeless people (including at St George’s Crypt, Leeds), he studied for a Master’s in Islamic Studies at Birmingham University. After ordination training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and a curacy in Leeds, David returned to Birmingham for doctoral studies on the Qur’an, leading to the publication of God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers. He has since served in a variety of contexts, including parish ministry in Cambridgeshire, student chaplaincy at Oxford, and five years as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, with responsibility for the Archbishop’s work in inter faith relations. However, most of his work has been in the field of theological education. He has taught at St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya, an ecumenical seminary, as well as at Duke Divinity School in the USA, where he lectured in Islamic Studies and also directed the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. In the UK, David’s work as a resource to the Church in understanding Islam and engaging in dialogue with Muslims has largely been on a freelance basis, leading him to teach Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations in a wide range of theological colleges and universities. Going back to his time working with the Archbishop of Canterbury, David has for 16 years served as the Academic Director of the Building Bridges Seminar, one of the world’s leading projects in theological dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars. Since 2012 Building Bridges has been directed from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where David serves as Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. In August 2018 David took up a new post at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, where he works in the field of Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations. David is married to Helen, also a priest in the Church of England, and they have two sons, Tom (23) and Simon (20).