David D. Grafton

Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton

Address7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Director of Graduate Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Ph.D., University of Birmingham, 2001
M.Div., Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary, 1993
B.A., Capital University, 1989

David D. Grafton is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and the Director of Graduate Studies of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment at LTSP he served as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Theological Seminary in Cairo, Director of the Center for Middle East Christianity at the ETSC, and adjunct lecturer in Islamic studies at the Dar Comboni Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Cairo, Egypt. He has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Birmingham, England. Dr. Grafton’s academic interests focus on Christian-Muslim relationships in the Middle East, 19th and 20th Protestant missionary thought on Islam, 19th and 20th century Islamic social-political thought, as well as the history of the Arab Church. He has provided lectures and seminars on Islam, Middle East Religion and Society, and Christian-Muslim Relations in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, England, and the United States. He is the author of numerous articles, 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).

David Grafton is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has served Lutheran congregations in New Jersey, England, and an international inter-denominational congregation in Cairo, Egypt. He is married to Karla Fackler Grafton and has three children: Andrew, Rebekah and Danielle.

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