LANDMARK FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
One of the exciting developments for British Muslims will be the relocation of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) - an associated institution of the University of Oxford founded in1985 - from its existing premises in George Street to a purpose built college (see artist's impressions). Construction work has started. The new site will have a quandrangle like the traditional colleges, as well as a mosque, and its own lecture theatres, exhibition gallery and library. The project is a fruition of the persistent efforts of its chair of Board of Trustees, Dr Abdullah Omar Nasseef, with the able support of the OCIS founding director, Farhan Ahmad Nizami, assisted by Dr Basil A J Mustafa, Bursar since 1992.
On 24th June 2004, the International Prize for the Promotion of Dialogue between Islamic and Western Civilizations, endowed by the Sultan of Brunei, was presented to the Prince of Wales. In his address, Prince Charles made a plea for more enlightened teaching materials in schools to nurture reconciliation and understanding.
|Citation from Chair of OCIS Trustees, Prince Turki Al-Faisal||Listen|
|Address by HRH Prince of Wales||Listen|
South view of the building
A view from the gardens