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Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

ISESCO's new official logo
ISESCO's new official logo

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. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, 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]

Presentation Organs

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. [5]

Member States

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.

Drapeau Nom Date d'adhésion
 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.
  2. ^ []
  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. ^ "Organs | Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – ISESCO –". Retrieved 2018-02-24.

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