In the 1930s, the Henry Martyn Institute (HMI) was established in Hyderabad, India, in a bid to
revive the spirit of reconciliation among the followers of different faiths in the Indian Sub-
continent. But following the emergence of the two new countries i.e., Pakistan and India in
1947, it started becoming difficult to cross borders and assess such facilities.
Therefore, in 1951 the Committee for the Study of Religion and Society of the West Pakistan Christian Council (now National Council of Churches in Pakistan) began to explore the possibilities of establishing a Study Centre for Christian Muslim Relations in Pakistan. With the support and guidance of various ecumenical Church organizations and individuals, the Christian Study Centre was established in 1967 with the aim to strengthen and develop a better understanding and relationship between the followers of Christianity and Islam in Pakistan. The Centre started functioning in 1968.
Christian Study Center
As an institution the Centre is firmly rooted from its very inception in the ecumenical tradition and vision of the Church. It is an autonomous, non-profit organization, for the explicit purpose of study and research in Christianity and Islam. Its aim is to serve Christian Churches, individuals and institutions with similar ecumenical trends of research and for the formation of a centre for comparative studies. With the passage of time it evolved as a Centre for dialogue, social change, human and minority rights, peace building and interfaith harmony.