Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

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Professor Ihsanoglu of Turkey was the first elected Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference when he took office in 2005. During his time in office, he has proposed measures to strengthen world peace and to forge solidarity among the global Muslim community. With his institutional and personal initiatives, he has earned recognition in intellectual circles as a leading contributor to rapprochement between cultures, particularly between the Muslim and Western worlds.

As founding Director General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Culture and Arts (IRCICA) in Istanbul, beginning from from 1980, he has endeavoured to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Islam, its cultures and civilization in the west and throughout the world.

Professor Ihsanoglu was the first professor and founding Head of the Department of History of Science of Istanbul University. He is also the founding Chairman of the Turkish Society for History of Science (TBTK) and ISAR Foundation. He further served as the President of International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS) between 2001 and 2005.

He is member of various international societies, scientific councils, advisory boards of numerous academies, centres and institutes, and editorial boards of many international journals. Professor Ihsanoglu has written numerous books, articles and papers in Turkish, English and Arabic on science, history of science, Islamic culture, Turkish culture, relations between the Muslim world and the Western world, and Turkish-Arab relations.

Professor Ihsanoglu has received numerous honorary degrees from universities all over the world as well as “Alexandre Koyré medal” from the International Academy of History of Science, “Sarton Medal” from the Division of History of Science and technology (DHST) of IUHPS and the “Avicenna Medal” from UNESCO, among other honours.

Dr Rim Turkmani presenting Prof. Ihsanoglu with a copy of the 1001 Inventions book.

"It is indeed a praiseworthy effort, a commendable and timely endeavour, an eye-opener which will allow new generations to catch a glimpse, a tiny portion of great global legacy and contribution to science and technology, realised by the Muslims in ancient times. We are all confident that this exhibition will help to bring cultural awareness conducive to filling part of the gap which separates Islam and the West, as well as defining the 1000 years of missing history." His Excellency Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of OIC

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