New Islamic Studies Centre

May 3, 2021

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first_imgThe Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies’ new building is set to open in 2013 after a nine-year delay. The opening will see the Centre move from its current location on George Street to a 3.25 acre site next to Magdalen College.The building on the new Marston Road site was expected to open in 2004 after work began in 2002 but had to stop due to issues of funding.Registrar Richard Makepeace said, “As is often the case, deadlines have been stretched. We were expecting to be ready to open by the end of this year but we are hoping to have the opening in 2013. There will be work going on throughout the year, which is basically the fitting out of the interior.”The centre was initially thought to cost £60 million. A figure for the final spend is not yet available, but it is thought that it will certainly exceed the initial budgetary estimate.The Centre is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, set up in 1985. It is not a part of the University, but works with the University in research and teaching. Other Recognised Independent Centres of the University include the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.The OCIS website describes the new building as blending “the architectural features of the traditional Oxford colleges with the forms and styles of the classical period of Islam. The result is a unique symbol of the harmony between two ancient traditions of scholarship brought together for the pursuit of knowledge.” Islamic and Western culture and architecture are brought together within the design, and registrar Richard Makepeace said that “If there is a message in the building it is that we are not as different as we sometimes tend to believe.”The new building will have accommodation for up to 40 graduate students, as well as a mosque, minaret, dining hall and parking.  Another benefit of the move will be the increase in library space. OCIS said that “the move to purpose-built new premises will increase the Library’s size fourfold and enable wider access to a much more extensive collection.”The Centre aims to provide a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning, contributing to multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. The OCIS enjoys the support of its patron Prince Charles as well as visits from other international figures including Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the UN.Mohammad Ali, member of Oxford University Islamic Society, commented, ‘Our general thoughts about the new centre are positive, since we appreciate the existing centre on George Street is somewhat small.’last_img read more


Koeman targeting double swoop

September 21, 2020

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first_img While the Saints’ outgoing players have dominated the headlines this summer, Koeman has already added seven new faces including Fraser Forster, Shane Long, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic. The Dutchman has been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld but refused to confirm his interest in the 25-year-old. However, Koeman is confident of landing two targets ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. “I don’t talk about names of players,” he said. “In two positions we are trying to bring in new players and we hope to bring (them) in this week. “The club is doing everything for that and I hope we will finish with that this week.” Saints may have lost the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers but Koeman hopes Jack Cork will not join the exodus. Midfielder Cork, who has only a year left on his current contract, has been linked with moves to Crystal Palace and Swansea. The 25-year-old scored his first Saints goal on his 114th appearance in Tuesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Millwall. And Koeman insists he wants to keep the former Chelsea youngster at St Mary’s, although there are no plans to open talks over a new deal yet. “He’s a Southampton player,” said Koeman. “There were a lot of rumours but Jack is doing very good and has ambition to stay with Southampton. “If there is any possibility for him and when he is not happy he knows my office door is open and we can see what is best for everyone in this situation.” But when asked if there were any plans to discuss a new contract for Cork, Koeman added: “Not at this moment.” Cork grabbed the opener with a header after 53 minutes and on a night of firsts, Italian striker Pelle opened his account in stoppage time to give Koeman his first win as Saints boss. “I was really happy, you know how important it is for strikers to score and it doesn’t matter which game it is,” Pelle told the club’s official website. “I tell myself if I don’t score for two matches in the third I have to. And especially as we didn’t win our first two games. Winning is more important than scoring to me.” Southampton boss Ronald Koeman hopes to bring in two new players this week. Press Associationlast_img read more