DG Biography

  • DR. ABDULAZIZ OTHMAN ALTWAIJRI
  • Date of Birth: 3-4-1950 in Riyadh
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Academic qualifications
  • M.A. in Applied Linguistics (1977) and PhD in Curriculum (1982), University of Oregon, USA.
  • B.A. in English Language and History with distinction, College of Education, King Saud University, Riyadh, 1974;
Professional experience
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education, King Saud University, (1982 – 1985).
  • Supervisor of the Center of Authorship, Translation and Publication, and school textbooks Center, King Saud University 1984;
  • Deputy Director General for Culture, ISESCO, (1985 – 1991);
  • Unanimously elected as Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) by the Fourth General Conference of the Organization, held in Rabat, in November 1991;
  • Unanimously re-elected as Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by ISESCO’s Fifth General Conference, held in Damascus, in November 1994;
  • Unanimously re-elected as Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), for two three-year terms of office, by the Sixth General Conference of ISESCO, held in Riyadh, in December 1997;
  • Unanimously re-elected as Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), for two three-year terms of office, by the Eighth General Conference of ISESCO, held in Tehran, in December 2003;
  • Unanimously re-elected Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), for two consecutive renewable three-year terms of office, by the Tenth General Conference of ISESCO (Tunis, July 2009);
  • Unanimously re-elected Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for two consecutive renewable three-year terms, by the 12th General Conference of ISESCO (Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, November 2015);
  • Secretary General of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World;
Member of the Board of Trustees of:
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the following OIC-affiliated universities:
    The Islamic University in Niger.
    The Islamic University in Uganda;
    The Islamic University in Pakistan;
    The Islamic University in Bangladesh.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab-European Centre for Studies in Paris;
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the OIC Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, Istanbul, Republic of Turkey
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Open University of Islamic Civilization in Beirut, Republic of Lebanon;
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization in Doha; State of Qatar;
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Organization for the Advancement of the Arabic Language, Doha; State of Qatar;
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Baku International Multiculturalism Center, Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Member of the Governing Board of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Center (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • Member of the Council of the 100 leaders, affiliated to the World Economic Forum;
  • Member of the World Islamic Forum for Dialogue; Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • Member of the Middle Stance World Forum, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
  • Member of the Arab Thought Forum in Amman; Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
  • Member of the Royal Al-Albayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
  • Member of the General Assembly of the World Academy for Bringing Muslim Madhahib Closer Together, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Arab-Islamic Civilization Encyclopaedia, Beirut, Republic of Lebanon;
  • Member of the Consultative Body of UNESCO Bioethics Chair, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • Honorary Member of the Argentinean Arab Cultural Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
  • Honorary Member of the Supreme Council for Education in Peru;
  • Correspondent Member of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt;
  • Executive Director of “Islam Today”, an Islamic academic journal published in Arabic, English and French; and “AL JAMIA” Journal published by the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World;
  • Author of numerous educational and cultural monographs and research papers as well as numerous articles published in leading magazines;
  • Lectured in many Arab, Islamic and International Universities.
Decorations
  • The Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Order, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in 2016.
  • The Dostlug (Friendship) Order, Republic of Azerbaijan, in 2015;
  • Oman Civil Order (Second Class), Sultanate of Oman, in 2015;
  • The Commander of the National Order of Merit, Republic of Mali, in 2015;
  • The Commander of the National Order, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, in 2013;
  • The Commander of the National Order, Burkina Faso, in 2013;
  • ISESCO Gold Wissam, ISESCO General Conference (11th session), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2012;
  • The National Order of Merit, Republic of Niger, in 2012;
  • The officer of the National Order of June 27th, Republic of Djibouti, in 2012;
  • the State Gold Medal, Republic of Kazakhstan, in 2011;
    “Ahid” National Order of Merit, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, in 2011;
  • Ismail Samani Medal of the First Order, Republic of Tajikistan, in 2010;
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Republic, Tunisian Republic, in 2009;
  • Officer’s Order of Academic Palm, Republic of Niger, in 2009;
  • King Abdulaziz Medal of the Excellence Order, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2008;
  • The Order of Glory, Republic of Azerbaijan, in 2007;
  • The Alaoui Wissam of the Commander Order, Kingdom of Morocco, in 2006;
  • The Medal of officer of the National Order of the Lion, Republic of Senegal, in 2006;
  • The Order of merit, First Class, Syrian Arab Republic, in 2006;
  • The “Grand Officer, National Order of Merit”, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in 2005;
  • The First Class Independence Decoration, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in 2002;
  • The First Class National Decoration of Distinction, Tunisian Republic, in 2001;
  • The First Class Annilayn Decoration, Republic of the Sudan, in 2001;
  • The First Class Science and Arts Decoration, Arab Republic of Egypt, in 1998;
  • The Commander Order Decoration of the Green Crescent Distinction, Union of Comoros, in 1992;
Shields, Awards and Medals
  • Shield of Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai – UAE, in 2015.
  • Goodwill Ambassador Insignia of the Council of Islamic-Chinese Relations, in 2014;
  • Cultural Personality of the Year Award 2014, Sharjah Emirate, UAE;
  • The Shield of Qatar University, Doha, State of Qatar, in 2014;
  • Heritage Personality of the Year Award 2014, The Arab Center for Tourist Media (ACTM), Luxor, Arab Republic of Egypt;
  • The Shield of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2013;
  • The Shield of Mohammed I University, Oujda, Kingdom of Morocco, in 2013;
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Patron Gold Medal, Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in 2013;
  • The “Creative Innovator Award 2013”, from the League of Innovating Writers, an affiliated body of the Global Forum for Moderation, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in 2013;
  • A commemorative Shield from the Ministry of Culture of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in 2013;
  • Gold Shield of the “International Conference on Higher Education in the Arab World: Future Prospects”, from the Islamic University in Gaza, State of Palestine, in 2013;
  • Excellence and Civilization Encyclopedia Award, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2012;
  • Gold Shield of the Arab Federation for Youth and Environment (AFYE), an affiliated body of the League of Arab States, Luxor, Arab Republic of Egypt, in 2012;
  • Prize for Leadership and Excellence from the World Renewable Energy Network, Denver, USA, in 2012;
  • Award from the World Family Organization, in 2011;
  • Golden Tree Award (Gizil Chinar), from Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Republic of Azerbaijan, in 2011;
  • “Award of Intercultural Dialogue”, from the Multicultural Youth Council of Europe (COJEP), on the occasion of World Day of Human Rights, in Geneva, in 2010;
  • “Distinguished Ambassador of Islam and Visionary of Peace” Award, from Sheikh Shaheed Satardien Justice and Peace Foundation, in Dublin, Ireland, in 2010.
    “Lifetime Achievement” Award, from the Muslim Youth Movement of Dublin, Ireland, in 2010;
  • The Scouts’ National Medal of Merit, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, in 2008;
  • The Shield of Cairo University, the Arab Republic of Egypt, in 2007;
  • The Golden Medal of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, in 2007;
  • The Medal of the World Islamic Call Society in Libya, in 2007;
  • World Renewable Energy Network Award, in 2007;
  • The “Prix de la Fondation” 2005, by the Grans Montana Forum in Monaco;
  • Mother Teresa Gold Medal for Peace, by the Republic of Peru, in 2005;
  • The Shield of the General Egyptian Book Organization, Cairo, in 2003;
  • The Gold Medal from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (Previously the Organization of the Islamic Conference) in 1994;
Academic degrees (honoris causa)
  • Excellence Diploma from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania, in 2015.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Letters and Humanities of Bamako, Republic of Mali, in 2015;
  • Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Aligarh Muslim University, India, in 2014;
  • Honorary Doctorate from Eastern University Mahmud Kashgari-Barskani, Bishkek, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, in 2014;
  • Professor Degree from Bishkek Humanities University, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, in 2014;
  • The Honorary Doctorate in Islamic thought and civilization from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2013;
  • Honorary Professorship from the Tatar State University of Humanities and Education, in 2009;
  • The Honorary Doctorate in International Relations, from Near East University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in 2008;
  • The Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ricardo Palma, The Republic of Peru, in 2005;
  • The Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sciences and Technology in the Sudan, in 2001;
Books
  • 1. Dialogue for Coexistence (Arabic).
  • 2. On the Civilizational Setting up of the Islamic World (fifteen volumes in Arabic, with Volume 1 translated into English);
  • 3. Reflections on Contemporary Issues (Arabic);
  • 4. The Islamic World at the Globalization Era (Arabic);
  • 5. Ideas for Dialogue (Arabic);
  • 6. Towards the Alliance of Civilizations (Arabic);
  • 7. On Dialogue with the Self and with the Other (Arabic);
  • 8. America and the Muslim World (Arabic, English and French);
  • 9. Renewal and the Future (Arabic);
  • 10. Positions and Points of view (Arabic);
  • 11. On Thought and Civilization (Arabic).
  • 12. Thought in the Renewal Process (Arabic).
  • 13. Towards renovating the Arabic Language (Arabic).
  • Papers :
  • 1. SITUATION OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND FUTURE PROSPECTS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 2. ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM (Arabic, English and French) (Two editions);
  • 3. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE (Arabic, English, French and Russian);
  • 4. FUTURE PROSPECTS OF MUSLIM-WESTERN DIALOGUE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 5. DIALOGUE AND CIVILIZATION INTERACTION FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 6. IDENTITY AND GLOBALIZATION IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE RIGHT TO CULTURAL DIVERSITY (Arabic, English and French);
  • 7. ISLAM AND INTER-RELIGIOUS COEXISTENCE ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY (Arabic, English and French);
  • 8. THE ISLAMIC OUMMA AND CIVILIZATIONAL CHALLENGES (Arabic, English and French);
  • 9. THE ARABE CULTURE AND OTHER CULTURES (Arabic, English and French);
  • 10. ISESCO AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD’S EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL PROSPECTS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 11. HUMAN DIGNITY IN THE LIGHT OF ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES (Arabic, English and French);
  • 12. POLITICAL EDUCATION IN ISLAM (Arabic, English and French);
  • 13. HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM (Arabic, English and French);
  • 14. ISESCO’S ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARAB-ISLAMIC CULTURE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 15. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION AND ITS FUTURE PROSPECTS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 16. THE CONFLICT OF CIVILIZATIONS FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 17. GLOBALIZATION AND CULTURAL LIFE IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD (Arabic, English and French);
  • 18. ENLIGHTENMENT AS AN ISLAMIC CONCEPT (Arabic, English and French);
  • 19. ROLE OF MUSLIM COMMUNITIES AND ISLAMIC INSTITUTIONS IN HIGHLIGHTING THE IMAGE OF ISLAM (Arabic, English and French);
  • 20. ISLAMIC DISCOURSE BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY (Arabic, English and French);
  • 21. FUTURE OF THE ARABIC LANGUAGE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 22. DEMOCRACY IN THE ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 23. MUSLIMS OF THE WEST AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD (Arabic, English, French and Persian);
  • 24. COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 25. IJTIHAD AND MODERNITY IN ISLAM (Arabic, English and French);
  • 26. THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND THE WEST: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE (Arabic, English, French and Spanish);
  • 27. ARABIC LANGUAGE AND GLOBALIZATION (Arabic);
  • 28. WOMEN IN ISLAM AND THEIR STATUS IN THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY (Arabic, English, French, Hindi & Urdu) (Four editions);
  • 29. ISLAMIC DIPMOMACY IN THE SERVICE OF DIALOGUE AND PEACE (Arabic, English and French);
  • 30. DIALOGUE AND ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 31. CIVILIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND ITS ROLE IN PROMOTIONG UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PEOPLES (Arabic, English and French);
  • 32. HERITAGE AND IDENTITY (Arabic, English and French);
  • 33. MOVEMENT FOR BRINGING MUSLIM MADHAHIB CLOSER TOGETHER: CRITICAL REVIEW AND REFLECTIONS (Arabic, English and French);
  • 34. THE CURRENT STATUS OF ARABIC (Arabic, English and French);
  • 35. THE MEDIA AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE (Arabic, English and French);.
  • 36. TOWARDS A RENEWAL OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT (Arabic, English and French);
  • 37. The State and Human Rights in Islamic Thought (in Arabic, English and French);
  • 38. THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND MILLENNIUM CHALLENGES (in Arabic, English and French);
  • 39. THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS AND BUILDING A NEW WORLD ORDER (Arabic, English and French);
  • 40. DIALOGUE OF CULTURES AND CIVILIZATIONS: A MEANS TO COUNTER RACISM (Arabic, English and French).