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.
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.