Organization of Islamic Conference


Cultural Aspects

1. Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization which aims at promoting solidarity and cooperation in political, economic, cultural, scientific and social fields among the 56 OIC member countries where majority of the populations is Muslim.

Regarding cultural matters, among the main organs of OIC are the Commission of Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (ICECS) and Standing Committee of Information and Cultural Affairs (COMIAC).

2.  “The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA)” and the  “The Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESTRCIC)”, located respectively in İstanbul and Ankara, are active institutions of OIC. IRCICA is an international organization with 57 member countries including Turkey. IRCICA is the first research center of OIC in the cultural field. It realized researches, archive works, published books on histories, cultures, architectural and cultural heritage of member countries.

IRCICA has also organized conferences and exhibitions, established a special library on these matters and presented its works and researches to universities and research centers worldwide.

The works of IRCICA have contributed to better understand Islamic culture and civilization, to increase mutual understanding and exchanges between OIC member countries and other nations and civilizations. The works of IRCICA have also helped universities and research institutions worldwide to show more interest to the matters regarding Islamic culture and civilization.

3. The 31st Session of Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers was held from 14 to 16 June 2004 in İstanbul.

During the meeting of the Cultural and Islamic Affairs Committee which is one of the four main committees of the Conference, agenda items such as “Cultural Aspects of Globalization, The Universal Declaration on Dialogue among Civilizations, Muslim Women and Their Role in the Development of Islamic Society, Cultural Strategy and Plan for Action for the Islamic World” have been discussed.

Necessary remarks and explanations regarding Turkey’s views and proposals on these matters have been expressed during the meeting by Director General for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the conference, Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Director General of IRCICA, was elected as the new Secretary General of OIC for a term of four years, starting from 1st of January 2005.