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Prince Charles targeted for supporting Islamic architecture

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Prince Charles was targeted in Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto, due to his support of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Designed by Egyptian architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, the project began on site in Oxford in 2002 and is due to complete next year.

Richard Makepeace, registrar at the centre said: ‘As one might expect, given the source, this is a travesty of the true position, and a distasteful one at that.’

‘The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is an independent academic institution and recognised as such by the University of Oxford. 

‘Its objective is to encourage multi-disciplinary study of all aspects of the Muslim world by both Muslims and non-Muslims and to promote international understanding and dialogue.  I am glad to say that we have a wide funding base from both within and beyond the Muslim world and cooperate with other academic institutions on a worldwide and entirely open basis.’

 

Extract from Anders Breivik’s manifesto

The Saudi monarchy are building The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), founded in 1985, Prince Charles is its honorary patron. It is the biggest Muslim educational centre in the United Kingdom and built as a traditional Oxford college around a central cloistered quadrangle. The 10,230 sq m four-storey building will feature study and research facilities, a lecture theatre, a large library and an environmentally controlled archive for rare documents; a prayer hall with traditional dome and minaret tower. The centre includes a 108-foot-high minaret and a 75-foot-high dome. It is estimated at £65 million.

 

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