About HMI

About HMI

The Henry Martyn Institute: International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation (HMI) is an ecumenical Christian organisation dedicated to the objective study and teaching of religions and the promotion of interfaith relations and reconciliation. Since its founding in 1930, HMI has established a long record of teaching and research, with an ever-widening circle of research scholars from both within India and abroad, who use the Institute’s facilities for Master’s, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research.

With well-qualified faculty, an excellent library and other facilities, HMI has become a major centre for research and teaching on matters related to the study of major religions. HMI publishes books on interfaith-related issues and an academic journal (the Journal of the Henry Martyn Institute), to which scholars and experts contribute from across the world.

In addition to offering its facilities for study and research to independent scholars, HMI has entered into collaborative relationships with other academic institutions to make these resources more accessible to a larger number of people. Through this networking, HMI’s resources and capabilities are put to more effective use, enabling Indian and international students to avail of the institute’s areas of expertise without necessarily having to come to Hyderabad.
Academic scholarship is just one aspect of HMI’s activities. HMI’s goal is to combine academic research with praxis, which is reflected in HMI’s work of reconciliation, which has grown out of a context of inter-religious alienation and violence. HMI’s emphasis is on study and action at various levels in order to reduce prejudice, resolve conflict and increase trust, co-operation and understanding between individuals and groups from different religious backgrounds.
In order to work towards those goals, HMI conducts a variety of praxis activities, including community development work in violence-prone areas of Hyderabad’s Old City, mediation interventions and training to equip people from different backgrounds with skills for responding more effectively to conflicts within and between communities, individuals and groups, along with interfaith initiatives that bring people together at the grassroots levels.
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