Training Courses on Islamic Arts

On basis of an agreement signed in 1996, IRCICA and Mimar Sinan University (Istanbul) are jointly organising training courses on Islamic arts, especially calligraphy, gilding, marbled paper, binding and ceramics, for artists from various countries. A number of artists participated in the programs, from the following countries: one from Algeria, one from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one from Japan, one from the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, four from Morocco, one from Syria, one from Tunisia, nine from Turkey, one from the U.S.A. Some of those attending the courses have already received diplomas. Others continue their studies by correspondence. The courses are held every year during the summer, at the request and suggestions of the Member States, institutions and calligraphers.

The ICPICH Secretariat organises training programs to teach the various Islamic arts to interested people from all over the world. An agreement was signed between IRCICA as the Commission Secretariat and Mimar Sinan University (Istanbul) in 1996 for the purpose of jointly organising training courses on calligraphy, gilding, marbled paper, binding, ceramics, etc.

Following is the country-wise distribution of the calligraphers who received diplomas (ijazas in calligraphy) at the conclusion of such training programs: one from Algeria, one from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one from the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, three from Morocco, one from Syria, one from Tunisia, six from Turkey, and one from the USA.

The Commission Secretariat makes efforts to introduce calligraphers from various countries to each other to help them share ideas and set up a network. The headquarters of IRCICA, where the Secretariat of ICPICH is located, became a meeting place for artists and art lovers from the Member States and other countries.