Macdonald Center

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

The 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 challenges scholars, students, the media, and the general public to move beyond stereotypes and develop an accurate awareness and appreciation of Islamic religion, law and culture.

It is committed to the premise that through intensive study and academically guided dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation between Muslims and Christians can and must develop.

The Macdonald Center is an academic unit within Hartford International University dedicated to scholarly research, teaching, and publication. It is responsible for the specialization in Islamic Studies in the Master of Arts in Interreligious Studies program, the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and global study tours.

Under the Seminary’s aegis, the Center edits the scholarly journal, The Muslim World, which is published quarterly and reaches subscribers in 65 countries.


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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