Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding

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Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding
Formation 1993
Type Non-profit
Purpose Interfaith relations
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Region served
United States

The Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding is an interfaith institution based in Washington, D.C..


The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding was founded in 1993 at Georgetown University in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. Following a $20 million gift from Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal in 2005, the center was renamed the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.[1] The gift was one of two to US universities, with the other going to Harvard University.

The founding director is John Esposito.[2]

The Center is co-publisher of the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, along with the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations of the British Birmingham University.[3]

On February 14, 2008 Republican congressman Frank Wolf questioned the prince's gift, and whether the center had ever been critical of the Saudi government.[4]


  1. ^ Rafferty, Steve (2006-01-13). "Saudi Prince Gives GU $20M". The Hoya. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ Press Release: Georgetown University Receives $20 Million Gift From Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal To Expand Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, December 12, 2005. Accessed 24 November, 2014
  3. ^ Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding
  4. ^ Strauss, Valerie (February 15, 2008). "$20 Million Saudi Gift Is Questioned". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 

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