Views expressed by Heads of State and Government, personalities from cultural and academic circles

  • "I wish success and all the best to our friends at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture." Bulend Ulusu, Prime Minister of Turkey, 25 December 1981
  • "This institution of the OIC is one of the important institutions needed by the Islamic world in reviving the era when Islamic countries were leaders in the field of sciences; for spreading cultural development and for broadening the participation of Islamic countries in establishing contemporary world culture. ..."
    OIC Secretary General Mr. Habib Chatti at the official opening ceremony of IRCICA, 10 May 1982
  • "... This Centre will certainly fill a big gap in the fulfilment of the duties of Muslims towards Islamic civilisation."
    Bechir bin Slama, Minister of Cultural Affairs of Tunisia, at IRCICA, 16 April 1982
  • "... I was immensely pleased with what I saw in the Centre; a determination to serve the cause of Islamic culture. I think in the present times, concerted work is needed in various fields to find the Islamic answer to the perplexing questions facing the Muslims."
    Crown Prince Hasan Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 10 July 1982
  • "Turkey is the natural place to be the site of research in Islamic history and arts because it is in Turkey that the Islamic heritage came to a full bloom."
    Dato Patingi Amar Haji Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia, 10 August 1982
  • "This is a noble effort and I appreciate the important achievements of the Centre. I hope that, with the help of God Almighty, these efforts will continue and receive assistance from all sides."
    Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamed, Prime Minister of Malaysia, 15 May 1983
  • "I am happy to be with you in this Centre which is an evidence of the greatness of our history... and of how it extends over the Islamic world."
    Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, President of General Youth Welfare and Chairman of ICPICH, 10 November 1983
  • "I had the opportunity to see the work at the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture of the OIC. I was pleased to observe that the Centre is carrying out very useful activities. ..."
    Kenan Evren, President of the Republic of Turkey, 20 May 1984
  • "We are happy to visit this Centre and to take note of its achievements in the short period since its establishment. We thank all brothers working here for their ardent work and continuous efforts to develop this Centre."
    Sheikh Ahmed Khalifa Suwaidi, Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates, 14 August 1984
  • "I am very happy of what I saw here in this Centre, especially the great number of manuscripts which are being studied, the catalogues prepared concerning various subjects of Islamic culture and arts."
    Dr. Abdurrahman Al-Awadi, Minister of Public Health of Kuwait, 27 September 1984
  • "Visiting the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture was a pleasure and privilege for me. I congratulate Dr. Ekmeleddin and all the staff members and wish them continuous success."
    Vahit Halefoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey, 16 March 1984
  • "I warmly congratulate Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who founded the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture within the framework of historical Yildiz Palace in a very short time, for equipping this Centre materially as well as with human resources."
    Osman Okyar, professor at Hacettepe University, Department of History, Ankara, 6 November 1984
  • "Praise to God for allowing me to visit this Centre dealing with Islamic culture and civilisation. I saw in it the nucleus of noble works which, with God's permission, will be beneficial for Muslims. I wish God gives all the success to those who guide this Centre and shows them the right path."
    Prince Turki bin Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 10 May 1985
  • "With our sincere congratulations and encouragement for the important work done here at the service of the Islamic Ummah. We are convinced that thanks to your researches and the high quality of your work, the great Islamic family will learn to appreciate and to preserve its Islamic cultural wealth eternally".
    Elhadj Mamadou Saliou Sylla, Ambassador of Guinea in Cairo, also accredited in Turkey, 13 June 1985
  • "I had the pleasure to visit IRCICA today. I observed the unknown soldiers in the cells of the beehive, working seriously and dynamically. Their hard work brought to my mind the following words of the eminent poet: 'Observing the crescent's growth, you will be sure that full moon will be'."
    Prof. Muhammed Marouf Al-Dawalibi, Advisor to H.M. the King of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, 24 June 1985
  • "Undoubtedly, it is with great esteem that future generations will remember the efforts made by today's scholars and researchers in such valuable works, which are aimed at objectively linking the past to our times, in order to learn the realities and find our way. Thanking those who work here for their efforts, I wish God will give them success and show them the right path."
    Muhammed Zarruk Rajab, Secretary General of the General People's Congress (Prime Minister), Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, at IRCICA, 25 September 1985
  • "The establishment of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture five years ago was a significant step in the collective efforts pursued by the Islamic Ummah to preserve, protect, revive and promote understanding and knowledge of its history, art and culture. It was indeed appropriate that the Centre should be located in Istanbul, a city which has witnessed the zenith of Islamic civilisation and culture, and bears to this day, in its magnificent monuments, palaces and gardens, an enormous treasure of Islamic art and culture.
  • The Newsletter has been performing the admirable task of informing scholars, students and the general public about the activities of the Centre. I wish both the Istanbul Centre and its Newsletter further success in their endeavours."
    Message of Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, Secretary General of OIC, on IRCICA's Fifth Anniversary, 1986
  • "On the occasion of the fifth year of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul, I am happy to express to the Centre's Director General Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and his colleagues, my sincere congratulations and my appreciation for the work they realised in such a short period, which is an unparalleled accomplishment. I visited the Centre twice and had the pleasure to see the sincerity of its staff and their firm will to realise the Centre's objectives. Activities undertaken by the Centre for the last five years and its publications constitute important contributions to efforts made in order to highlight the multiple aspects of our glorious Islamic civilisation, to introduce it to Muslims as well as the whole world. May God Almighty help the Centre to continue serving the Islamic spirit, paving the way for serious work for the future generations. I renew my appreciation and congratulations to the Director General and his colleagues and wish them success."
    Message of Crown Prince Hasan Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 1986
  • "I am honoured and proud to see the considerable efforts made by Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in order to preserve and revive the Islamic heritage. In the name of our Palestinian people - who lived in Palestine and were forced to move from there and now struggle to return to this land, which has been the cradle of many civilisations. I have the honour to welcome the efforts of Dr. Ekmeleddin and commend his important work in the service of the Islamic world as well as world civilisation."
    Abu Firaz, Representative of the PLO in Turkey, 13 March 1986
  • "I greatly appreciated the services rendered here to the Holy Quran, as well as to the efforts devoted to Islamic heritage, history and documents relating to the history of Islam and Muslims. I would like to express my esteem for all these important activities."
    Abdul Aziz Abdullah Turki, Deputy Minister of Education of Qatar, 11 April 1986
  • "The idea to publish a special issue of the Newsletter of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture in Istanbul is a good one. I am pleased to take this opportunity to express my pride and appreciation of the high-quality researches undertaken by the Centre in various areas of Islamic history, art and culture. During my last visit to the Centre, I could see the results of successful efforts and the important work done in a short period. These are indications of a brilliant future in which the Centre will contribute to the revival of the glorious Islamic and Arab heritage. I am happy to express my esteem to all the staff of the Centre and its administration, for their continuous efforts to preserve the Islamic civilisation and protect it from conspiracies aiming to harm its noble values. I pray to God to give all the success to this Centre's staff in order that they could continue to work in the same direction. I hope that those who are interested in Islamic culture and history would benefit from the work of the Centre in their studies."
    Dr. Abdullah Omar Nassef, Secretary General, Muslim World League, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1986
  • "A venture of such an importance should receive every support from all true Muslims the world over. May Allah bestow all that endeavour."
    Dato Rais Yatim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, 22 November 1986
  • "It is a great experience to discover kindred souls with similar ideas but worked out in a scholarly way on the history of scientific thought of Islam. May Allah bless your work and it may succeed even more ... May your work spur the younger generation to emulate their distant past and engage in developing sciences today."
    Prof. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Nobel Prize winner Pakistani physicist and Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, during his visit to IRCICA, 6 November 1986
  • "I had the pleasure to visit this Centre in the evening of Saturday, 28 March 1987 and was filled with wonder when I saw its different sections: the library, the administration, exhibition halls, etc. ... I thank the authorities of the Centre and all those who worked with them in order to revive our heritage and highlight its glorious and noble vestiges."
    Sheikh Dr. Muhammed Habib Belkhoja, Secretary General of the OIC Fiqh Academy, 28 March 1987
  • "It is a great pleasure to visit the Centre today. This is a monumental Islamic establishment worthy of esteem. We are proud of all its books and manuscripts and the abundant and beautiful scholarly material it contains. ... "
    Dr. Ismet Abdulmaguid, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, 4 September 1987
  • "... This Centre has to do this much to discover the history, art and culture and what Islam has left for us and then not only discover but also expose it ... Tremendous job. ... I hope and I pray Dr. Ekmeleddin and his team will be able to fulfil this task. Our expectations are very high, ... but I am very confident that when there is a competent, dynamic, dedicated personality like Dr. Ekmeleddin working at this, we will be confident, we should be confident that Allah blesses the Centre with success. ..."
    General Mohammad Zia ul Haq, President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, speech made during his visit to IRCICA, 10 October 1987
  • "It is a matter of great pleasure and honour for me to visit the Islamic Centre. I hope and pray that like the gifts of the past which left for other lands through the gates of this palace, the knowledge and works of history and culture will flow to far and near in future, under the able and dynamic leadership of Dr. Ekmeleddin. I pray for his and the Centre's success."
    written by General Mohammad Zia ul Haq, President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in IRCICA Visitors' Book, 10 October 1987
  • "... I am sure that these sincere efforts will give their results in the near future. With congratulations and wishes for the well-being of mankind."
    Badr Amr Defa, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Spain, 2 October 1987
  • "Today I saw the example of an excellent work of great historical value. One should be proud of it from all aspects. I congratulate all the members and wish them success."
    Rauf Denktas, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 8 January 1988
  • "My heartiest congratulations to Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu who, with the greatest efforts which could be termed 'miraculously', founded an outstanding institution in the field of study and research of Islamic civilisation and Ottoman culture. The endeavour made by the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and its numerous publications, in a style for which I have yearned for a lifetime, will contribute much to Turkish and Islamic culture. Prof. Ihsanoglu, a man of culture and in the real sense "a man whose statute should be put up" is also a man of science. He is knowledgeable in transmitting our traditional values to the present and future; creative and understanding while leading the way for scientific studies. I am assured that we shall all remember him with gratitude for these qualities."
    Dr. Talat Halman, ex-Minister of Culture of Turkey, 17 June 1988
  • "I visited a book paradise. I congratulate my friend and organiser, esteemed Ekmeleddin Bey who founded it and continues successfully to administer."
    Kasim Gulek, Minister, diplomat, Turkey, 12 September 1988
  • "In this beautiful, historical building, I can better feel the meaning of Islam, Thank God. Today is a holy day for me. I remember the happy times and believe I am in a celestial garden. 'Your sister Anna Masala'."
    Prof. Anna Masala, Professor of Turcology, Italy, 1988
  • "What distinguishes the Organisation of the Islamic Conference from other international organisations is Islamic history, arts and culture. This institute which is in charge of these subjects is therefore the nucleus of the organisation. The fact that it is located in Istanbul, the historic capital city of Islam, gives it more radiance. The fact that it is directed by a person as dynamic and devoted as Dr. Ekmeleddin, assures its success."
    Dr. Hamid Algabid, Secretary General of the OIC, 26 February 1989
  • "I believe the work of this Centre will be a useful source for Turkish culture. It is not possible to conduct scientific studies without completing the foundations and sources. The studies that cover photograph albums and publications will not only help to introduce Islamic culture but also the Ottoman world. I believe that knowing, learning and understanding results in liking something. Knowing one's past and making a science of it is very important for the present and the future. The Centre's work focusing on the culture of the Islamic world is important for Turkey and also for the whole world. Wishing success to Prof. Ihsanoglu is a proof of goodwill for those who may remember its previous condition. Let us hope that this Centre becomes a meeting point of tolerance and understanding for humanity."
    Dogan Hizlan, writer, Hurriyet newspaper, 15 June 1989
  • "I am happy to have seen the efforts made by this Centre in the service of Islamic civilisation, to better make known its principles, its arts and to disseminate its values among the youth. Muslims should be proud of this Centre and the important role it plays in the promotion of Islamic culture. I thank all the staff of the Centre and especially the Director General. ... I hope their efforts will all be successful."
    H.R.H. Prince Saud bin Salman bin Muhammed Al-Saud, 27 July 1989
  • "After observing Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu's endeavours and his contributions to the history of science and Turkish-Islamic culture, I express my appreciation and wish him success in his future projects and an auspicious future."
    Prof. Dr. Feza Gursey, atomic physicist, 28 August 1989
  • "Our meeting was very productive. Your activities really encourage us in the efforts we take at the Zagreb Mosque. Like you, we believe the best path to take, for Islam and the Muslims in the world, is through work and science. The research institute we plan to establish in Zagreb will be another step in the same spirit. And, we believe cooperation in Islamic studies would be very useful towards the achievement of this goal."
    Mustafa Ceric, prayer leader of the Community Centre, Zagreb, at IRCICA, 9 November 1989
  • "I am pleased to have had the opportunity of visiting the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture directed by esteemed Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. I believe the work and researches conducted here will be valuable contributions to our history and culture. I congratulate all those who have contributed to this venture."
    Sahin Alpay, columnist, writer, Milliyet newspaper, 8 December 1989
  • "The Director General and his staff have made evident efforts to make the Centre the success that it is. Everything is interesting in the Centre and I am sure it is one institution the Islamic world should be proud of. ..."
    Othman N. Othman, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs and Science and Technology, OIC, 26 March 1990
  • "I attended the meeting at Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture and viewed an exhibition of their publications with great pleasure. The works of the Centre will ensure cooperation among Islamic countries and their close relationship which will result in bringing the cultural heritage to the fore, all of which I find praiseworthy. My best wishes for success."
    Yildirim Akbulut, Prime Minister of Turkey, 10 October 1990
  • "I am happy to visit this Centre and see the work undertaken in order to collect, classify and study objectively the works of Islamic culture and heritage from within and outside the Muslim world and to put them in the service of researchers for the benefit of the coming generations."
    Mohammed Shakir Al-Sarraj, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Sudan, 15 November 1990
  • "I visited IRCICA ... and had the chance to attend part of the international symposium on the history of science institutions. I was pleased to be with this group of scholars as well as observe the Centre's library filled with unique and specialised references. ... I was equally impressed by the zeal of the people working at the Centre. Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu makes a great effort with full awareness of the importance of promoting Islamic culture. ..."
    Prof. Dr. Abdullah Juma Al-Kobaisi, President, University of Qatar, 26 April 1991
  • "I am very satisfied with my visit to the Centre. I was informed, on previous occasions, about some of IRCICA's activities; but this visit enabled me to closely observe the efforts being made here. These activities in the service of Islamic culture, civilisation and scholarship are remarkable. I wish that the OIC will continuously support this Centre and attach a special importance to its activities ... I wish success to my brother and friend Dr. Ekmeleddin and the continuation of their valuable work..."
    Tahir Al-Masry, Prime Minister of Jordan, 24 May 1991
  • "I am impressed by the technology of your work, and with the results, which are evident. Your Institute contributes to better knowledge of Islamic civilisation and thereby to mutual understanding in the world. May Allah help you."
    Alija Izetbegovic, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, 17 July 1991
  • "Turkey is proud to host such a successful institution of the Muslim world as IRCICA and will support it in future as in the present time."
    Ambassador Ozdem Sanberk, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Turkey, at the international ceremony held at IRCICA within the framework of the Twentieth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Istanbul, 7 August 1991)
  • "This is a noble heritage, rich in its meanings, its historical and moral values. This heritage deserves all possible attention. No doubt, those who undertake these studies make great efforts which will benefit the coming generations."
    Faruq Al-Shara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, 7 August 1991
  • "I was happy to observe and learn about the remarkable work being conducted on these premises. Those who work here deserve all the appreciation and merit, since they meticulously and devotedly endeavour to build information and communication channels within the Muslim world, in full confidence of God's help ..."
    Ali M. Alshurafa, Director of the Presidential Court, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 June 1991
  • "I had the honour of visiting the Centre today, ... May God give success to the Centre in its work in the service of the glorious Islamic heritage."
    Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Khalifa, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Turkey, 30 July 1991
  • "My visit to this Centre was very enlightening. The Centre fills a gap by contributing to the continuation and promotion of Islamic heritage which is a major element of world culture. I express my congratulations and wish success to Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and his colleagues."
    Husamettin Cindoruk, Chairman of the Turkish Parliament, 26 July 1992
  • "I am delighted to visit this important Centre, the various activities of which reflect the great contributions of the Muslim community to the progress of human civilisation. Under the direction of my brother Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Centre endeavours to promote and reinforce the links and means of communication among the peoples of the Islamic Ummah. I wish further success and advancement to the Centre, and all the best to its members, hoping that the achievements they made in a short time will continue."
    Abdulkerim El-Iryani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Yemen, 8 July 1992
  • "I felt great pleasure and pride in visiting the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA). This institution which functions in Istanbul is doing a great service to humanity with the contributions of its administrators and supporters. Islamic culture has an important place in the history of the world. Transferring the contributions, made by Islamic culture in the past, to the younger generations will be effective in evaluating and developing the contemporary culture and civilisation which in turn will provide the Islamic countries with a more important place. With these thoughts, I bid the staff members of IRCICA success and greetings."
    Prof. Erdal Inonu, Vice-Prime Minister of Turkey, 25 April 1992
  • "At the end of my visit to the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, I would like to pay a well deserved tribute to the Director General and the staff for their significant efforts to reinforce the profound links among the peoples of the Ummah. We are all proud of the Centre's accomplishments. We wish that even greater recognition be given to the studies and activities of this outstanding institution that was established by the initiative of the Heads of the OIC Member States. Senegal will continue to support the Centre by all means. I wish success to the Centre."
    Alassane Dialy Ndiaye, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts of the Republic of Senegal, 6 May 1992
  • "I am delighted to see the accomplishments of this distinguished Centre's Director General and staff. They make committed efforts to spread around the world the products of our ancestors' contributions to culture, for the benefit of all Muslims. I wish success to the Centre in its efforts to promote and develop the Islamic culture."
    Juma Al-Majid, Businessman and President of the Juma Al-Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage, United Arab Emirates, 7 May 1992
  • "Warm congratulations to the Director General of IRCICA and his able team. Within thirteen short years of its existence, the Centre is making a significant impact in establishing the reality and strength of Islamic cultural and artistic attainment in the past as well as in the present. There is still considerable ground to cover and I wish progress and further success to the Centre."
    Bakary Dalo, Minister of Finance of The Gambia, 7 September 1992
  • "It is my special privilege to visit this Centre and particularly Professor Ihsanoglu, the indefatigable scholar of culture and Islamic heritage. My sincere congratulations for the service this Centre has done for the heritage of mankind, and the Islamic contribution in particular. May God help you in your noble endeavours."
    Haris Silajdzic, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia Herzegovina, February 17, 1993
  • "It gives me a great pleasure to visit this great research centre. I admire the obvious activities the Centre is involved with and the role being played by the Director, my friend Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. I wish him and his colleagues all the success and I pray to Almighty Allah to bless them all."
    Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed Safar, Minister of Haj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 5 November 1993
  • "My delegation and I had the honour to be shown around the Centre. I am very impressed with the work being done by the Centre for the Muslim world and in fact for mankind. ..." Abang Abu Bakar bin Datu Bandar Abang Haji Mustapha, Minister, Prime Minister's Department, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 November 1993
  • "I am overwhelmed by the restoration work and research which IRCICA has done and is currently pursuing. I believe that this institution has a major role to play in the efforts towards changing the image of Islam amongst Muslims and non-Muslims. I wish to offer my congratulations to the Director and the staff of the Centre."
    Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamed, Prime Minister of Malaysia, 29 September 1994
  • "I feel honoured to visit the Centre for the second time. At the time of my first visit, the Centre, and its library in particular, were still at the stage of establishment. I can observe today that, thanks to God, the Centre has achieved great progress and done a great number of studies under the supervision of Director General Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. I congratulate all the staff members for their pioneering efforts and wish them continuous success."
    Mrs. Meriam Abdulkarim Awadi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Planning, State of Kuwait, 6 January 1994
  • "I had the great pleasure of visiting the Centre and observing its efficient activities which fill a gap in the field of learning..."
    Dr. Khayreddin Hasib, Director General, Center for Arab Unity Studies, 18 April 1994
  • "I am writing these few words with feelings of appreciation, to convey my sincere wishes of success to all staff members of this Centre headed by Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me to see the activities of the Centre every Muslim would dream of participating in. With sincere congratulations, your brother."
    Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, 30 June 1994
  • "I am very glad to have the opportunity to visit this high level institution (IRCICA), with a library equal to the library of Yale University. My homeland, Bosnia Herzegovina, must send many young scholars to study our Islamic tradition here! Thank you very much!"
    Dr. Enes Karic, Minister of Culture, Republic of Bosnia Herzegovina, 30 August 1994
  • "UNESCO will join efforts with this research centre, to contribute to peace throughout the world, showing the splendour of the Islamic civilisation, and ensuring our children and their children, that all the civilisations will live together peacefully."
    Federico Mayor, Director General of UNESCO, 3 October 1995
  • "IRCICA is a most positive and successful initiative. Muslims or people of other religions and beliefs should be able to learn and see the treasures of a great civilisation. This is a contribution to peace, tolerance and progress. With congratulations and appreciation."
    Suleyman Demirel, President of the Republic of Turkey, 7 November 1995
  • "Dear friends, Thank you for allowing me to visit with you and see your magnificent facility. We agreed that we must work, both our cultures and nations, to promote democracy and freedom. That is the future for all. We look forward to our cooperation.".
    Marc Grossman, USA Ambassador to Turkey, 9 November 1995
  • "Thank you for your work on behalf of understanding, coexistence and peace."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of the United States of America, at IRCICA, 28 March 1996
  • "I am pleased to visit IRCICA and to see that this important institution cares for my beloved country."
    Dr. Fahruddin Rizvanbegovic, Federal Minister for Education, Science, Culture, Sports and Information, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 23 March 1996
  • "Allah gave me the chance to visit this Centre where I met distinguished brothers who appreciate the value of arts and culture and who protect the noble heritage. Those who possess such a high culture, arts and noble history will no doubt be the leaders of humanity as it advances towards the twenty-first century."
    Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Sudan, 28 June 1996
  • "... Jordan, a beacon or revival and awakening, basking under the benevolent leadership of His Majesty King Hussein, is prone to discourse rather than manoeuvre; and to befriend and consort rather than admonish or blame. It believes in flexibility that characterises those who bravely espouse revival, and endeavours to serve its cause and achieve its goals. Jordan, to be sure, aims to ally rather than follow, and takes initiatives to uphold right rather than stutter or waver in rallying round, and supporting, its cause. Brethren, we do not view the thirteenth session of your Governing Board, which we have the honour to host today in Amman, as just an ordinary meeting, pure and simple, but rather a genuine expression of a sincere desire to effect genuine cultural continuity."
    Crown Prince Hasan Bin Talal of Jordan, inaugurating the Thirteenth Session of IRCICA Governing Board (Amman), 23 November 1996
  • "The important work I have seen at the Islamic Conference Organisation's centre of civilisation is most pleasing. The rich library, valuable activities provide great opportunities for studying the history and particulars of Islamic civilisation. I wish success for this Centre."
    Heydar Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 8 May 1997
  • "It is with great pleasure and deep sense of gratitude for the President, the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey that I write these words here, in the historic city of Istanbul and in this fountain of Islamic history, the importance of which to the rich Islamic cultural history cannot be over-emphasised. I am greatly impressed by the immense research work being done here for the generations yet unborn, to know their proud history."
    Colonel Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, at IRCICA, 18 June 1997
  • "With my best congratulations for your cultural activity and every good wishes."
    Monseigneur Pier Luigi Celata, Ambassador of the Vatican City in Turkey, 18 May 1998
  • "Visiting your library gave me the satisfaction concerning the conservation of our own history and culture, for which I have been yearning for and complaining of for years. There is so much in this place that all Islamic, even non-Islamic countries can take lessons from. There are meaningful messages here for the eyes that do not wish to see and for the ears that do not wish to hear. My heartfelt congratulations first to the founder and director Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, then all his colleagues."
    Sakip Sabanci, businessman, Turkey, 9 June 1998
  • "I am pleased to see the precise scholarly activities which are accomplished here and to meet the ladies and gentlemen who are working with zeal and expertise. I congratulate the Director General and all the staff…"
    Dr. Azeddine Laraki, Secretary General of the OIC, at IRCICA, 2 November 1998
  • "It has been a great pleasure to visit this Centre which revives the heritage and compiles the history of Islamic culture by means of books, photographs, manuscripts and documents. I was also delighted that the Centre and its documents took me back to the centuries filled with the glory of Islam, Muslims' contributions and their individual and collective intellectual products. Thank you, and may God guide the Centre, as well as its functionaries, as all are rendering a valuable service to Islam and the Muslims."
    Amr Moussa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt, at IRCICA, 17 November 1999