Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Formation 1993
Type Non-profit
Purpose Interfaith relations
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Location
Region served
United States
Website cmcu.georgetown.edu

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) is an interfaith institution based at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C..

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The institution was founded at Georgetown University in 1993 as the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. It is housed within the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.[1]

In 2005, a wealthy Saudi Saudi prince and businessman, Al-Waleed bin Talal in 2005, gave $20 million to the Center to promote interfaith understanding and the study of Islam and the Muslim world.[1] The center was renamed in his honor.[1][2] The $20 million gift was the second-largest ever given to the Georgetown at that point.[1] Bin Talal simultaneously gave $20 million to Harvard University's interdisciplinary Islamic studies program and $15 million to establish American studies programs at the American University in Beirut and American University in Cairo.[1]

The founding director of the center was John Esposito.[3] Esposito was succeeded by John O. Voll.[4]

The Center is co-publisher (with the UK's Birmingham University Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations) of the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.[5]

In 2008, Republican U.S. Representative Frank Wolf questioned the prince's gift, and whether the center had ever been critical of the Saudi government.[6]

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