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;
  • Executive Director of “Islam Today”, an 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 monographs and research papers in education, science and culture as well as numerous articles published in leading magazines;
  • Lectured in many Arab, Islamic and international universities;
Member of the Boards of Trustees of the following universities, centers and institutions
  • 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 and 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 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 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 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
  • Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), in 2016;
  • Shield of Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai – UAE, in 2015;
  • Shield of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, in 2014;
  • Award of Aligarh Forum for Interfaith Understanding, India, in 2014;
  • Goodwill Ambassador Insignia of the Council of Islamic-Chinese Relations, in 2014;
  • Cultural Personality of the Year Award 2014, Sharjah Emirate, UAE;
  • 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;
  • 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 the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Geneva, 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.
  • 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;
  • 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;
Publications in the areas of thought, culture and literature:
  • Books
  • 1. Dialogue for Coexistence (Arabic).
  • 2. On the Civilizational Setting up of the Islamic World ( Too late (2017) (sixteen 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);
  • 14. Contemporary Issues (Arabic).
  • 15. Heart Beat (Collection of poems in 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).
  • 41. STRATEGIC AWARENESS IN BUILDING UNITY and Strengthening Relations between the Ummah’s Components” (Arabic, English and French).
  • 42. TEACHING THE ARABIC LANGUAGE: CHALLENGES AND REMEDIAL APPROACHES (Arabic, English and French).