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Matt Oliver at the Oxford Times reports, ‘It has been a long time coming, but after 32 years the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies finally marked its official opening. Prince Charles, its patron since 1993, yesterday praised the ‘remarkable courage and determination’ of those behind the £100m centre, which is part of Oxford University. The heir to the throne added: “Against the thousand-year history of learning in this city, the 32-year span of the entire project seems very short indeed.”

The Prince of Wales was speaking to foreign envoys, financiers and academics who gathered to tour the centre’s new buildings, in Marston Road . . . Construction at its new site began in 2002 and it was originally thought it would be finished just two years later, but delays pushed its opening back. Yesterday the prince was given a tour of the finished grounds, including a mosque and a garden he helped to design.

The centre blends architectural styles of traditional Oxford colleges with classical Islamic buildings. In his speech he called for the centre to be a place of ‘cultural connectivity’ that could promote understanding between different cultures and faiths. click here.

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