The international symposium on the Common Principles, Forms and Themes of Islamic Arts was organised in Istanbul on 18-22 April 1983. This was a scholarly and artistic event of a grand scale. It was greatly instrumental in introducing IRCICA to the international cultural circles as a research institution of the Muslim world active in the field of arts. Concurrently with the symposium, a series of exhibitions of works of art and historical documents were organised by the Government of Turkey on the occasion of the celebration of the 15th century Hijra. The exhibitions were opened by H. E. Mr. Bulend Ulusu, Prime Minister of Turkey.