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Intelligence, Humility and Confidence: An Agenda for Christian Engagement with Islam

David Marshall

in Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243198
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0029
Intelligence, Humility and Confidence: An Agenda for Christian Engagement with Islam

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Marshall, a priest of the Church of England, began his encounter with Islamic studies at Oxford, before moving to Selly Oak and a doctorate on Qur’anic themes. Inspired by his English mentor, Kenneth Cragg, amongst others, a pressing need to explore more deeply central Christian doctrines in the light of Islam is outlined, which resulted eventually in training other Christian ministers to respond to Islam with confidence, humility and academic rigour. A textually-orientated theologian, the author worked on the writings on Christianity of Isma’il al-Faruqi. An appointment to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s staff led to a leading role as academic director of the Building Bridges seminar, many opportunities to teach in Christian seminaries, and to guide the development of the National Christian-Muslim Forum to work at grass-roots level.

Keywords: Marshall; Church of England; Oxford; Selly Oak; Kenneth Cragg; Isma’il al-Faruqi; Archbishop of Canterbury; Building Bridges; National Christian-Muslim Forum

Chapter.  3948 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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