We are an independent Christian-based study centre that brings together Christians and Muslims to learn from and about one another in the context of real relationships. CMCS focusses on research rather than dialogue, though dialogue naturally arises as people study or discuss together.

CMCS was born of a vision to enhance the clarity, integrity and capacity of future scholars, educators and leaders in thinking about Muslim-Christian relations. We are also committed to public education; non-specialists are welcome at the Centre and can benefit from our public lectures and online resources.

In all this we seek to follow the example of Jesus, who was full of both grace and truth (John 1:14). 1

What We Are Not

We are a study centre that generates dialogue, not a dialogue centre

Whilst we obviously have many extraordinary and interesting conversations at the centre, our primary purpose is to encourage serious study and reflection. Dialogue grows out of this as one of the shoots growing from the root of respectful and rigorous academic engagement.

We welcome different voices, but don’t assume we all believe the same thing

Christians and Muslims have traditionally understood their beliefs to be distinct and particular.  The majority of practising Muslims and Christians today would continue to believe that there are important differences between the two faiths.  So, at CMCS, we recognise our similarities, but don’t shy away from examining our differences and exploring some of the tough questions that we pose to one another theologically, historically and politically. 

We are funded like any independent charity, not funded by the government

CMCS is operated by the Solomon Academic Trust which is a UK registered charity.  We are funded by grant-making trusts and charitable bodies, individual donors, and teaching income. We receive no funding from the government.

  1. John 1:14 - “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”