Date: November 9, 2010
On November 9 the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) announced on its website that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAIR. The press release from ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, Morocco follows:
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU was signed by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General, and Dr Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director.
The MoU stipulates that ISESCO and CAIR cooperate in fields of common interest, including dialogue among cultures and civilizations, as well as between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West; countering Islamophobia and all sorts of religious discrimination; increasing the capacities of Muslim young leaders; developing an information strategy to disseminate the principles of Islam, its culture and civilization and redress the image of Islam and Muslims in textbooks; and establishing communication chairs in universities to redress stereotypes about Islam.
The MoU was signed at the opening session of the First Forum of the Heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations outside the Islamic World, which opened its proceedings today morning at ISESCO Headquarters.
According to the U.N., “The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) was established by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in May 1979.”