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 the country and abroad
who use the Institute’s facilities for Master’s, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research.
With well-qualified faculty and 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 an academic journal (the Journal of the Henry Martyn Institute) and books on interfaith-related issues, to which scholars and experts contribute from all over the world.
HMI’s location in Hyderabad, is ideally suited to its subject of specialisation. The many archives and libraries in Hyderabad contain valuable collections of manuscripts, books and journals in Arabic, Persian, Telugu, Urdu and English. They are additional resources for scholars in the field of Islamic studies and interfaith dialogue.
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 those resources more accessible to a larger number of people. Through that networking, HMI’s resources and capabilities are put to more effective use, enabling Indian and international students to avail themselves of its areas of expertise without having to come to Hyderabad.
Scholarship is just one aspect of HMI’s activities. HMI’s goal is to combine academic research with praxis, reflected in HMI’s work of reconciliation, which has grown out of the contemporary 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 together women and men at the grassroots levels.