The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, will participate in the opening ceremony of the international conference on “the role of the Quranic Script in promoting Islamic cultural unity”, which will be held by ISESCO, the International University of Africa, the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) and the Sudanese Ministry of Culture, on 26-27 March 2016, in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan.
At the close of the opening ceremony, ISESCO Director General will sign a cooperation programme for 2017-2018 with the Rector of the International University of Africa and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Munazzamat Al-Da’wa Al-Islamiia.
The conference aims to review the civilizational gains, achievements, progress and future prospects of the Quranic Script Project. The conference will also seek to highlight the vital role of the Quranic Script in strengthening civilizational relations between the peoples of the Islamic world, underlining the common cultural aspects, reviving the scientific heritage written in Quranic Script, and encouraging its use by the Islamic peoples concerned. Other objectives of the conference include promoting partnership between the educational, scientific and cultural institutions, donors, and technical expertise bodies in order to develop the Quranic Script and integrate it in information systems and electronic platforms.
Participants in the conference will discuss, in four sessions, the following themes: “the Arabic Script: status and prospect in Africa”, “the Arabic Script: status and prospect in Asia”, “the Arabic Script: status and prospect in Southeast Asia”, and “the Arabic Script: status and prospect in Turkey and Eastern Europe”. A fifth session will be dedicated to examining the project of establishing an “International Council for the Arabic Script Project”.
ISESCO will be represented in the academic sessions by Dr Mustapha Ahmed Ali, associate expert.