The Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World

Introduction

Sensing the importance of Islamic communities and minorities in the west, and the world at large, as a vital part of our Ummah and one that contributes to bridge the cultural gap between the Islamic world and elsewhere; and in a bid to immunize the second, third and even fourth generations of those communities, who settled outside the Islamic world, against cultural assimilation and loss of their Islamic identity; ISESCO reflected about developing a framework for cultural action outside the Islamic world, to serve as a reference for cultural centers, with both their subsidiary institutions and Islamic associations, which lead the major manifestations of Muslims’ cultural life outside the Islamic world. Against this backdrop, ISESCO devoted special attention to Muslims living outside the Islamic world, be they migrant minorities or original citizens. Under its successive action plans, it has devoted several programmes covering education, culture, science and communication to Muslims outside the Islamic world. It also contributed expertise, consultancy and qualification programmes, and conducted such activities as dispatching teachers, convening training sessions and specialized workshops, and publication of books, studies dealing with Muslim migrants’ vital issues in accordance with the values of Islamic civilization.

Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)

The Supreme Council

Based on Paragraphs (b) and (d) of Article 4 of the Charter of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) which call for “consolidating understanding among peoples inside and outside the Member States and contributing to the achievement of world peace and security through various means, particularly through education, science, culture and communication” and “preserving the cultural identity of Muslims outside the Islamic countries”;

Based on the resolution of the 27th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Malaysia, 27-30 June 2000), which adopted the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World and its implementation mechanisms;

Based on the ratification of the aforementioned Strategy by the OIC – affiliated Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC) during its sixth session (Senegal, 25-26 October 2000);

Based on the resolution of the ninth Islamic Summit Conference (Qatar, 12-14 November 2000), which adopted the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World and its implementation mechanisms;

Putting into effect the resolutions of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World calling for providing reference documents and establishing an executive committee to implement the Strategy for Cultural Action outside the Islamic world during their meetings held by ISESCO in France, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands, Germany and Argentina, in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 respectively;

Based on the resolution of the 28th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Bamako, 25-27 June 2001), which adopted the establishment of the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims in the West, stressed that ISESCO is the OIC’s only competent organ responsible for the implementation of the Strategy for Cultural Action outside the Islamic world, and the coordination of the actions of the Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World, and called upon ISESCO to draw up draft rules of procedure for the Council;

Guided by ISESCO’s belief in the role of education, science, culture and communication in protecting the civilizational and cultural identities of Muslims outside the Islamic world, and in the importance of establishing communication bridges with Muslim competencies outside the Islamic world to help them contribute to the development of the communities they live in, serve the causes of the Islamic world and develop the joint cultural action for Muslims outside the Islamic world;

The Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims in the West was established in 2001.

The role of the Council was activated based on the resolution of the third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (Doha, 29-31 December 2001), and its name was amended to the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World in 2008.

ISESCO has so far held twelfth meetings of the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

The Council’s members
  • Members of the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World
  • 1. The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
    Ave. des F.A.R., Hay Riyadh, P.O. Box 2275, Postcode 10104, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.
    Tel: 00212 537 56 60 53 / 00212 537 56 60 52
    Fax: 00212 537 56 60 13 / 00212 537 56 60 12
    E-mail: isesco@isesco.org.ma – culture@isesco.org.ma
    Contact: Dr Najib Rhiati – Dr Abdelilah Benarafa
  • 2. H.E. Dr Mohammed Yahya Pallavicini
    Vice-President of CO.RE.IS. (Comunità Religiosa Islamica)
    Chairman of the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World
    Official in Charge of the Planning, Follow- up, and Documentation Committee and the Administrative and Legal Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council
    Milan, Italy
  • 3. H.E. Dr Yusuf Hager
    Secretary General of the Islamic Organization of Latin America and the Caribbean
    Coordinator of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World
    Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 4. H.E. Dr Ramez M. Zakai
    Coordinator of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action for Muslims outside the Islamic World in Europe
    General Director of the Albanian Center for Islamic Thought and Culture
    Official in charge of the Committee on Information and Public Relations of the Supreme Council
    Tirana, Albania
  • 5. H.E. Prof. Haj Abu Bakr Mohieddine
    Coordinator of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action in the Pacific and Southeast Asia
    President of the Islamic Call Association in Singapore
  • 6. H.E. Dr Saud Ben Abdullah Alghadyan
    Head of the Islamic Cultural Center
    Official in charge of the Education Committee
    Madrid, Spain
  • 7. H.E. Dr Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Dubayan
    Director General of the London Islamic Cultural Centre
    Official in Charge of the Committee on Muslim Competencies outside the Islamic World
  • 8. H.E. Dr Hibatullah Kamlev
    Director of the Institute of the Islamic Civilization
    Official in Charge of the Planning, Follow up, Documentation, Translation and Publication Committee
    Moscow, Russia
  • 9. H.E. Dr Abdussamad Antonio Romero
    Director of the Azzagra Cultural Foundation (Fundación Cultural Azzagra)
    Official in Charge of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council
    Granada, Spain.
  • 10. H.E. Dr Nadia Karmous
    Head of the Cultural Association of Muslim Women in Switzerland
    Official in Charge of the Social Affairs Committee of the Supreme
    Council
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1. H.E. Dr Abd-al-Haqq Guiderdoni
    Director of Lyon Observatory
    Official in Charge of the Scientific Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council
    Lyon, France.
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Final communiqués

The Center’s meetings

Under its successive Action Plans, ISESCO has achieved major accomplishments for Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World, as part of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic world.

It has also taken upon itself the formulation of reference documents to guide their action. Furthermore, it has established representative and coordination bodies to follow up the implementation of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World. On top of these bodies, we find the Supreme Council for Education, Science and Culture for Muslims outside the Islamic World, entrusted with the coordination of the aforementioned Strategy.

ISESCO has also held several meetings for the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.

During these meetings, a number of documents were featured to orient the work of these associations in a modern and organized way. Over the period from 1993 to 2012, 24 meetings of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations were held.

9 of them were held in Europe, 8 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 8 in Asia and the Pacific.

Previous Meetings of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World

The first Forum

ISESCO has developed tremendously since it took interest in the Islamic cultural action for Muslims outside the Islamic world. After the periodic meetings it held for the Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, it decided to crown its long experience with an invitation to hold the First Forum of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations for Muslims outside the Islamic World. This forum is aimed at assessing the outcome of the achievements of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations for Muslims outside the Islamic World, renovating the ways of implementation of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World, and broadening its scope.

Final Communiqué of the First Forum of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations for Muslims outside the Islamic World, Rabat, ISESCO Headquarters, 9-10 November 2010

Reference Documents

The historical and legal stages of the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World
  • 1. The study of the Draft Strategy during the meetings of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations held in France, Spain and Belgium in 1993, 1996 and 1997 respectively.
  • 2. The adoption of the Strategy in the meeting of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations, held in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1998.
  • 3. The adoption of the strategy by the 27th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Malaysia, in June 2000.
  • 4. The ratification of the Strategy by the OIC – affiliated Standing Committee for Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC) during its meeting held in Dakar, Senegal, in October 2000 (session- / Paragraph 5).
  • 5. The adoption of the Strategy by the ninth Islamic Summit Conference, held in Doha, Qatar, in November 2000 (Article 4).
  • 6. The recommendation about the implementation of the Strategy during Muslim Minorities Conference, held in Paris, France, on 11- 12 January 2001
  • 7. The adoption of the Strategy together with its implementation plan during the meeting of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 2001.
  • 8. The adoption of the Strategy by the 28th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Bamako, Mali, in June 2001.
  • 9. The adoption of a report on the Strategy by the third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, held in Doha, Qatar, December 2001, and stressing the importance of activating the role of the Supreme Council for Education,
  • Science and Culture for Muslims in the West. Based on this new experience, ISESCO amended the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action in the West to meet the new changes, therefore, the name of the Strategy was altered to the Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World to include all Muslim minorities and communities in the World
  • Strategy for Benefiting from Muslim Competencies in the West
  • Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action outside the Islamic World

 

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