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Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

ISESCO's new official logo
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The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) was founded by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in May 1979.[1] With 54 member states, ISESCO is one of the largest international Islamic organizations and specializes in the fields of education, science and culture. Its headquarters are in Rabat, Morocco. The Director General is Dr Salim M. AlMalik, also Secretary General of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW).

The working languages of ISESCO are Arabic, English and French.


According to the OIC, ISESCO's objectives are "to strengthen and promote cooperation among the Member States in the fields of education, science culture and communication; consolidate understanding among peoples inside and outside Member State; contribute to world peace and security through various means; publicize the true image of Islam and Islamic culture; promote dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions; encourage cultural interaction and foster cultural diversity in the Member States, while preserving cultural identity and intellectual integrity."[2]

ISESCO appoints an Islamic cultural capital of Asia, the Arab region and Africa, for each year. During the appointments for 2017, Deputy Director General Dr. Amina Al-Hajri explained that an Islamic cultural capital "must primarily be of documented historical authenticity, have an outstanding contribution to knowledge and learning that singles it out in the country and the region, a significant input in Islamic culture and human culture in general." The three cities that are bearing the capital for 2017 are Mashhad, Iran for Asia, Amman, Jordan for the Arab region and Kampala, Uganda for Africa.[3][4]

In 1983, ISESCO and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation agreed on the development of a strategy for strengthening Muslim communities in the West. The document is entitled "Strategy of Islamic Cultural Action Outside the Islamic World" (French: Stratégie d'action islamique culturelle à l'extérieur du monde islamique). The document was adopted at the Doha summit in Qatar in 2000 by the ISESCO member countries.[5] In 2018, Jean-Frédéric Poisson publishes a book to comment on this text which is, according to him, "a true document of conquest" (French: un document de véritable conquête).[6] · [7] · [8]

Presentation OrgansEdit

ISESCO includes 3 organizations:

  • The General Conference - is held once every three years.
  • The Executive Council - consists of representative for each Member State, being versed in education, science, culture or communication
  • The General Directorate - is headed by a Director General. General Conference elects the Director for a three-year term. [9]

Member StatesEdit

The Charter of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization stipulates that every full Member State of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation -OIC- shall become a member of ISESCO upon officially signing the Charter, and having completed the membership legal and legislative formalities and informed, in writing, the General Directorate of ISESCO. A State which is not a full member, or is an observer member of OIC, cannot become member of ISESCO.ISESCO numbers fifty-four(54) Member States,along with three(3) Observer States, out of the fifty-seven (57) Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – OIC. ISESCO Member States are listed below according to their Arabic alphabetical order.

Flag Name Date of Accession
  Azerbaijan Republic of Azerbaijan 1991
  Jordan Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 1982
  Afghanistan Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2003
  United Arab Emirates State of the United Arab Emirates 1983
  Indonesia Republic of Indonesia 1986
  Uzbekistan Republic of Uzbekistan 2017
  Uganda Republic of Uganda 2012
  Iran Islamic Republic of Iran 1992
  Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1982
  Bahrain Kingdom of Bahrein 1982
  Brunei Brunei Darussalam 1985
  Bangladesh People’s Republic of Bangladesh 1982
  Benin Republic of Benin 1988
  Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 1982
  Tajikistan Republic of Tajikistan 1993
  Turkey Republic of Turkey 2017
  Chad Republic of Chad 1982
  Togo Republic of Togo 2002
  Tunisia Republic of Tunisia 1982
  Algeria People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria 2000
  Djibouti Republic of Djibouti 1982
  Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1982
  Sudan Republic of the Sudan 1982
  Suriname Republic of Suriname 1996
  Syria Syrian Arab Republic 1982
  Sierra Leone Republic of Sierra Leone 1984
  Senegal Republic of Senegal 1982
  Somalia Federal Republic of Somalia 1982
  Iraq Republic of Iraq 1982
  Oman Sultanate of Oman 1982
  Gabon Republic of Gabon 1982
  Gambia Republic of the Gambia 1982
  Guyana Republic of Guyana 2014
  Guinea Republic of Guinea 1982
  Guinea-Bissau Republic of Guinea Bissau 1984
  Palestine State of Palestine 1982
  Kazakhstan Republic of Kazakhstan 1996
  Qatar State of Qatar 1982
  Comoros Union of Comoros 1982
  Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Republic 1996
  Cameroon Republic of Cameroon 2001
  Ivory Coast Republic of Cote d’Ivoire 2001
  Kuwait State of Kuwait 1982
  Lebanon Republic of Lebanon 2002
  Libya State of Libya 1984
  Maldives Republic of Maldives 1982
  Mali Republic of Mali 1982
  Malaysia Malaysia 1982
  Egypt Arab Republic of Egypt 1984
  Morocco Kingdom of Morocco 1982
  Mauritania Islamic Republic of Mauritania 1982
  Niger Republic of Niger 1982
  Nigeria Federal Republic of Nigeria 2001
  Yemen Republic of Yemen 1983


  1. ^ "History | Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – ISESCO –". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
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  3. ^ "ISESCO Deputy Director General participates in launch ceremony of Mashahd's celebration as Asian Region's Islamic Culture Capital for 2017 | Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – ISESCO –". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ "PressTV-Mashhad named cultural capital of Muslim world". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ ISESCO (2000). Stratégie de l’action islamique culturelle à l’extérieur du monde islamique (Strategy of islamic action outside the islamic world) (PDF) (in French). p. 83 "Elaboration du projet de civilisation de substitution qui s'appuie sur l'Islam authentique (Elaboration of the project of substitution civilization based on authentic Islam)".
  6. ^ La Rédaction. "JF Poisson : Les principes de l'islam sont incompatibles avec notre civilisation (The principles of islam are not compatible with our civilization)" (in French). Sud Radio. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  7. ^ Jean-Frédéric Poisson (2018-11-12). L'Islam à la conquête de l'Occident: La stratégie dévoilée (Islam to the conquest of the West: The strategy unveiled) (in French). Editions du Rocher. ISBN 9782268101378. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  8. ^ Charlotte d'Ornellas. "Poisson : "L'expansion de l'islam en Occident relève d'un plan stratégique" (The expansion of Islam in the West is part of a strategic plan)" (in French). Valeurs actuelles. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  9. ^ "Organs | Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – ISESCO –". Retrieved 2018-02-24.

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