NOTE: This talk will take place in the Budd Conference Room at 60 Lorraine Street.
Please join us to celebrate the release of Interim Academic Dean David D. Grafton’s new book, An American Biblical Orientalism: The Construction of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Nineteenth-Century American Evangelical Piety.
The book “examines the life and work of Eli Smith, William McClure Thomson, and Edward Robinson and their descriptions of the ‘Bible Lands.’ While there has been a great deal written about American travelogues to the Holy Lands, this book focuses on how these three prominent American Protestants described the indigenous peoples, and how those images were consumed by American Christians who had little direct experience with the ‘Bible Lands.'”
About the Speaker
The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton is the Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations on the faculty of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. The Duncan Black Macdonald Center is the oldest center of its kind in the United States. Dr. Grafton holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, from the Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Birmingham, England, an M.Div. from Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and a BA from Capital University, Columbus, OH.
Prior to his appointment at the Hartford Seminary, Dr. Grafton served as the Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was the Director of Graduate Studies. He has also served as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Director of the Center for Middle East Christianity at the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary in Cairo, adjunct lecturer in Islamic studies at the Dar Comboni Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Grafton’s academic interests focus on the history of Christian-Muslim relationships, Christian theological perspectives on Islam, the history of Christianity in the Middle East, and American Christian perspectives of religion and society in the Middle East. He is the author of numerous articles, and chapters of books on Christian-Muslim relations, as well as The Christians of Lebanon: Political Rights in Islamic Law (I.B. Tauris, 2004), and Piety, Politics and Power: Lutherans Encountering Islam in the Middle East (Wipf and Stock, 2009), The Contested Origins of the 1865 Arabic Bible (Brill, 2015). He is the North American Sections editor for the bibliographic history Christian-Muslim Relations 1500-1900 (CMR1900).
David D. Grafton is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has served Lutheran congregations in New Jersey, England, and an international congregation in Cairo, Egypt.