World’s only Christian-Islamic centre in Denmark threatened with closure

BBC Monitoring / Danish Radio

Text of report by Danish radio web site on 16 January

The only centre in the world where practising Muslims and Christians work together on an equal footing to create a good relationship between the two religious groups is located in Denmark.

However, the centre – the Islamic-Christian Study Centre in Copenhagen – risks having to close from next year after an application for extra funding was refused, the centre’s leader, Lissi Rasmussen, who has a doctorate in theology, reveals.

As well as 300,000 kroner [about 14,198 dollars] from a pool of funds the centre had also asked for an extra 100,000 kroner [about 42,594 dollars] for running costs next year.

The Islamic-Christian Study Centre, which was established in 1997 to strengthen the dialogue between Muslims and Christians here in Denmark, is the only one of its kind in the world. While similar centres in other countries are operated under either Christian of Muslim auspices, Christians and Muslims work together at the Islamic- Christian Study Centre as equal partners.

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