Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History professor interviewed by Da Vinci Code documentary

Thursday, 06 October 2016

Last supper

Professor David Nash, lecturer in 19th and 20th century British history, has been interviewed by a documentary interested in whether or not The Da Vinci Code is blasphemous.

After the book’s release in 2003, it received many complaints, predominantly from Middle Eastern countries, and as a consequence the documentary is set to be aired on Al Jazeera.

Speaking about the documentary Professor Nash said: “The Da Vinci Code is more likely to be considered heretical rather than blasphemous. Heresy is something individuals feel earnestly and seriously about, whereas blasphemy is purposefully mocking, in this case, Christianity.”

Professor Nash, whose research centres around the history of religion, has been involved in providing evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee and the European Union on religious offences. He has also advised groups in Ireland about new blasphemy laws, and spoken on their behalf to the Irish parliament and Irish civil servants.

Aside from researching the history of religion Professor Nash has also, along with Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, published books on crime and shame.

Speaking about their latest publication, Shame and Modernity-Britain since 1900, Professor Nash explained the uniqueness of the book: “Traditionally the history of crime has been discussed through figures; there is nothing about the particularity of individuals. This book aims to highlight the personal stories of people involved in crime.”