Macdonald Center

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Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

The Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations is the country’s oldest center for such study, opening in 1973.

The Macdonald Center is a research center within Hartford International University dedicated to scholarly research, education, publication, and communication in the areas of the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. It is committed to the premise that through intensive study and academically guided dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation between Muslims and Christians can and should develop. Center faculty and personnel are committed to the importance of better understanding between and among faiths, and to supporting efforts toward building relationships based on tolerance and trust.

The Macdonald Center provides resources as well as a gathering place for domestic and international students, and participants in Center activities to engage in critical learning, dialogue, and share perspectives on a range of issues related to Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. The Macdonald Center also challenges scholars, students, the media, religious communities, and the general public to move beyond stereotypes and develop an accurate awareness and appreciation of Islamic religion, law and culture.

A major part of the activity of the Macdonald Center is dedicated to relationships with the wider community. Faculty regularly speak and participate in meetings and conferences in the Greater Hartford area, nationally and in the international context, and are available to provide information for members of the press and other media, researchers, local churches and institutions, and the public in general.

The Center is responsible for setting the courses for the Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations component of the Seminary’s MAIRS and PhD programs, and the Islamic Chaplaincy Specialization of the MAC degree. Its faculty edit HIU’s The Muslim World journal.


Dr. David Grafton

Dr. David D. Grafton

Academic Dean & Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton has been an educator in Muslim-Christian relations since 1985 and has years of practical experience in the contemporary interfaith and multifaith world as an ordained Protestant pastor and through living and teaching in Egypt. Dr. Grafton often speaks to community groups, congregations, mosques, and Islamic centers about interfaith dialogue and relationships, Islam, and Christian-Muslim relations.

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Hartford International University for Religion and Peace
77 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105   USA

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