After studying theology at Oxford University David Marshall gained a doctorate in Islamic studies at Birmingham University. He has since worked 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 he 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. Much of his work has been in the field of theological education. He has taught at St Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya), Edinburgh University, Duke Divinity School, and Georgetown University.
From 2018-2021 he served as programme executive in interreligious dialogue and co-operation at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, with particular responsibility for Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations.
Currently, he teaches at the Institut für Christkatholische Theologie, Theology Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland; and he is guest editor of the journal Islamochristiana (PISAI, Rome).
Unity of God and unity in God – a possible perspective and way of dialogue between the believers?
A shῑ‘ῑ perspective of dialogue developed by D. Mohammad Ali Shomali. Talking about unity between believers and calling them to act upon it is not new in Islam. The Qur’ān and the early history o...
The Quran of Historians
How is historical research on the Qur'an received in the Muslim world? What do we know about the historical figure of Muhammad? Interview with Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, co-director of the “Qur'an o...
Islam and the Salvation of non- Muslims: The Qur’anic Perspective
"At the Pluriel conference on “Islam and Otherness” I will argue the Qur’an’s emphasis on divine freedom provides an opening for inclusivism. The Qur’an emphasizes God’s mercy, using al-Raḥmān as a...
Otherness And Spatial Dimension In The Arabic Language And Culture
Etymologically, the noun âkhar from the verb âkhara, rather draws the action of postponing, أَخَّرَ العَمَلَ, or temporarily deprogramming an action. al-âkhar on some other hand does not establish ...
Islamic Hermeneutics of Nonviolence: Key Concepts and Methodological Steps
The article traces the key concepts and methodological steps that make an Islamic theology of nonviolence plausible. It offers the tools for a critical reading of classical texts, “sacred” history,...
Environmentalism and sustainability as an expression of Islamic moral orientation
Abstract : The essay emphasizes cultural specificities, starting with the terminology currently used to describe sustainability, and investigates the lack of homogeneity of the semantic fields bel...
Authority according to the Qur’an and the authority of the Qur’an: from model to realisation
Conference « Religious Authority in Islam », organised by the Centre for the Study of Cultures and Religions and the Research Unit of the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy), on 18 and 19 November 2...
Violence and Jihad in Islam: From the War of Words to the Clashes of Definitions
This article explores the phenomena of violence and jihad in three parts: their emergence and trajectory in the Qur’anic text, their meanings, and their entanglement with the religious cause. The o...