Charter of Mashhad, the capital of Islamic Culture

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 21 February 2016

Charter of Mashhad, the capital of Islamic Culture

Mashhad, city of martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Reza, heir of Great Khorasan and treasures of the great cultural figures of Toos and large regional center of civilization in Khorasan and Transoxiana, and the city where spirituality and life bond together.

Charter of Mashhad, the capital of Islamic Culture

Introduction:

Mashhad, city of martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Reza, heir of Great Khorasan and treasures of the great cultural figures of Toos and large regional center of civilization in Khorasan and Transoxiana, and the city where spirituality and life bond together.

The city is proud on behalf of ISESCO (the Islamic Scientific, Cultural and Education Organization) was chosen as the capital of the Islamic culture in 2017 (December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2016).

Capital of Islamic Culture:

Mashhad, from ancient times until now, has been city of educated and kind people, hosting pilgrims and tourists, scholars, and excelled in fostering the development of Islamic Sciences and Culture, numerous cultural events, artistic and educational, as well as a pioneer in the development of communication technology, worthy of a the title has also become a hub of cultural industries in the future, terminal of the Islamic tourism, health tourism destination as well as a global production center of Humanities.
Citizens and managers of the City of Culture believe that the year 2017 is global opportunity to express fundamental values ​​and opportunities facing their city, and they attempt to surround and rich cultural and artistic performances, members of the community tend to merit the values ​​of their host city. And also, they provide a model for similar events in other Islamic cities and the title of "Capital of Islamic Culture" for Mashhad.

1. The fundamental values:

1.1 Mashhad is blessed with shrine of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Reza, and it deserves to be the capital of Islamic culture bearing the following attributes:

§ Mercy: through promoting culture-based hosting for pilgrims and tourists and programs to meet their needs  

§ Science: Through programs and taking advantage of academic knowledge, education and research

§ Dialogue: through meetings and conferences for international conversations with elites and thinkers of the world

1-2 Mashhad is cradle of knowledge, Persian language and literature and treasure of cultural figures:

§ Mashhad, Ferdowsi: the birthplace and tomb of Ferdowsi, the great poet of Shahnameh  
§ Mashhad, Communication: Community Center of Persian speakers in neighboring countries with the motherland

§ Mashhad, Great Khorasan: Regarding the significant legacy of Khorasani style in poetry and architecture and being center of the cradle of wisdom
1.3 Capital of Islamic Culture bears the authority for achieving the objectives of ISESCO:

§ Strengthening and encouraging cooperation between Member States and consolidating it in the fields of education, science, culture and communication
§ Developing applied sciences and using advanced technology in the context of the Islamic eternal ideals and values ​​

§ Consolidating understanding among Muslim peoples and contributing in achievement of the international peace and security
§ Supporting the evolution and coordination among OIC specialized institutions in the field of education, culture and communication and strengthening integrated Islamic coordination among the member states
§ Planning the Islamic culture as the basis for educational programs at all levels
§ Strengthening Islamic culture, protecting the independence of Islamic thought against diversion of destruction factors and protecting the outstanding features of Islamic civilization

§ Protecting the Islamic identity of Muslims in non-Islamic countries

 

Based on fundamental values, Mashhad as the capital of Islamic culture is the city for:

* respecting knowledge and scientists regardless of sectarian and ethnic views

* being pioneer in communications, science and technology, and focusing on events and cultural industries

* being an elegant and worthy host for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world

2. Objectives and Strategies:

2-1- Objectives:

Mashhad is the capital of the Islamic culture. Executive plans of the year 2017 only pursue one major objective:

Remodeling of the mental aspect and the introduction of Mashhad to the world

2.2 The main strategies:

§ Having attention to and taking advantage of environmental, physical and popular capacities of the holy city of Mashhad (cultural and economic benefits / local popular culture / technological and inclusive media)

§ Having cooperation and coordination (with elites to formulate programs and systematic implementation of / from NGOs to take responsibility in the events / people and trade units and economic actors to cooperate in the implementation of programs and enjoying them)

§ Performing symbolization and performing personification (integrated visual / slogan integration and coordination of programs / integrated and coordinated media expression)

2-3 policy enforcement:

§ Through implementation of programs for Mashhad in the year 2017, we should take benefit of the scientific and cultural capability and capacity of elites and the participation of the private sector as well as the economic and cultural activists.

§ All relevant government executive and public agencies and higher education institutions should be motivated to actively participate in the events in Mashhad2017, performing all to establish the office or a special committee for the capital of the Islamic culture.

§ Developing and implementing programs of Mashhad 2017 having a view to establish connections with religious centers, scientific, educational, research and culture centers in the Muslim world, while having special attention to the important reference centers

§ Performing codification of Mashhad events in 2017 with the objective of focusing on the spiritual aspects of culture and cultural products and incentives for the development of cultural, planned and executed industries
§ Establishing facilities and grounds of hosting pilgrims and tourists and meeting their needs, developing infrastructures and improve their efficiencies. But, executive programs in 2017 form with an emphasis on holding festivals, having presentations or meetings.

§ The most important approach of Mashhad 2017 as the Capital of Islamic Culture is the approximation of ethnic groups and sects and Islamic nations. For this purpose, any divisive act is avoided.

§ To stabilize capital of the Islamic culture, all programs in Mashhad 2017 are planned based on the sustainability for the coming years.

§ Applying the capacity of media, domestic and foreign popular stars (in science, culture, art and sports) is used as a joint approach in Mashhad 2017.

§ Important event of the Mashhad 2017 is a springboard to the vision of urban development as well as providing a role in realizing goals of the National Development of Mashhad (2025).

§ All programs of Mashhad 2017 will be implemented according to the important issues of ISESCO activities:

- Heritage, the Islamic culture and the requirements of globalization

- Promoting creativity and cultural diversity to achieve sustainable development

- Performing mutual conversations and integration of Civilizations in regional and international relations

- ICT in the service of sustainable development in the Islamic world

2.4 The quantitative indicators:

§ The number of pilgrims and tourists of Mashhad in 2018 reaches to four million people; one third of which are from the developed countries of the world coming to Mashhad

§ The number of people, who visit the official site of Mashhad 2017, will be more than thirty million in 2016 and 2017.

§ The main news of the events in Mashhad 2017 will be covered in half of the Islamic countries’ satellite channels.

§ Fans of the club for Mashhad as the capital of the Islamic culture are more than 20 million of citizens of other countries.

§ 20% of the citizens of Mashhad including all students and employees of executive agencies, social and cultural activists will be audiences of Mashhad2017.

§ Mashhad 2017 planning method over the next 10 years will be chosen as a model for the capitals of the Islamic culture (at least in half of the cases).

3-Framework of executive plans:

Executive plans in the capital of Islamic culture are based on operational policies designated to achieve the main goal of Mashhad in the world, in the following areas:

3.1 Developing international infrastructures and improving the productivity of their hosting in 2015-2016 with the priority fields of informatics, urban development with an emphasis on the main corridors, transportation facilities and access, theme based parks and cultural collections

3-2- Developing a wide range of information activities and programs with international coverage in all Islamic countries and the use of print, virtual and audiovisual medias

3-3- Formal events: Meeting Ministers of Culture of the Islamic countries in May 2016

3-4- Central event: the great Islamic culture and art exhibition (Expo) from May to September 2016

3-5- Ceremonial events: Grand opening program in March 2016 and ending in January 2017
3-6- Other events: thematic weeks (scientific, educational, cultural and artistic), Ferdowsi International Congress, cultural and artistic programs in the form of thematic festivals

4. Executive orders:

To coordinate enforcement actions of cultural, municipal, civil and international offices of the capital of the Islamic culture, it is necessary that all programs coordinate with the Secretariat of Planning Council and be in coordination with the provincial Secretariat

 The provisions required for synchronization of actions are as follows:

4-1 The reason for all programs designed to run in 2017 or preparation of the capital of Islamic culture should be based on the provisions of the Charter.

4.2 The use of similar identical images for Mashhad 2017 all measures require to be verified and approved by the Secretariat and it is only allowed for approved cases.

4-3- All programs will be implemented a chronological basis prepared by the Secretariat and any change in the timing of events should be done in coordination with the Secretariat.

4.4 Official website of Mashhad 2017 is managed by the Secretariat and in form of the media of the capital of the Islamic culture. Any official notification will be announced by this site and verified media

4-5- All executives are required to perform their lectures and discussion sessions and executive actions only by consulting experts and activists of the private sector

The present document is approved as the charter of Mashhad 2017 as the capital of the Islamic culture and it is approved at planning and coordination council of Mashhad 2017 and as a guideline to all campaigns and committees and executive agencies and other partners in the public and private sectors

 Charter of Mashhad, the capital of Islamic Culture

Introduction:

Mashhad, city of martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Reza, heir of Great Khorasan and treasures of the great cultural figures of Toos and large regional center of civilization in Khorasan and Transoxiana, and the city where spirituality and life bond together.

The city is proud on behalf of ISESCO (the Islamic Scientific, Cultural and Education Organization) was chosen as the capital of the Islamic culture in 2017 (December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2016).

Capital of Islamic Culture:

Mashhad, from ancient times until now, has been city of educated and kind people, hosting pilgrims and tourists, scholars, and excelled in fostering the development of Islamic Sciences and Culture, numerous cultural events, artistic and educational, as well as a pioneer in the development of communication technology, worthy of a the title has also become a hub of cultural industries in the future, terminal of the Islamic tourism, health tourism destination as well as a global production center of Humanities.
Citizens and managers of the City of Culture believe that the year 2017 is global opportunity to express fundamental values ​​and opportunities facing their city, and they attempt to surround and rich cultural and artistic performances, members of the community tend to merit the values ​​of their host city. And also, they provide a model for similar events in other Islamic cities and the title of "Capital of Islamic Culture" for Mashhad.

1. The fundamental values:

1.1 Mashhad is blessed with shrine of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Reza, and it deserves to be the capital of Islamic culture bearing the following attributes:

§ Mercy: through promoting culture-based hosting for pilgrims and tourists and programs to meet their needs  

§ Science: Through programs and taking advantage of academic knowledge, education and research

§ Dialogue: through meetings and conferences for international conversations with elites and thinkers of the world

1-2 Mashhad is cradle of knowledge, Persian language and literature and treasure of cultural figures:

§ Mashhad, Ferdowsi: the birthplace and tomb of Ferdowsi, the great poet of Shahnameh  
§ Mashhad, Communication: Community Center of Persian speakers in neighboring countries with the motherland

§ Mashhad, Great Khorasan: Regarding the significant legacy of Khorasani style in poetry and architecture and being center of the cradle of wisdom
1.3 Capital of Islamic Culture bears the authority for achieving the objectives of ISESCO:

§ Strengthening and encouraging cooperation between Member States and consolidating it in the fields of education, science, culture and communication
§ Developing applied sciences and using advanced technology in the context of the Islamic eternal ideals and values ​​

§ Consolidating understanding among Muslim peoples and contributing in achievement of the international peace and security
§ Supporting the evolution and coordination among OIC specialized institutions in the field of education, culture and communication and strengthening integrated Islamic coordination among the member states
§ Planning the Islamic culture as the basis for educational programs at all levels
§ Strengthening Islamic culture, protecting the independence of Islamic thought against diversion of destruction factors and protecting the outstanding features of Islamic civilization

§ Protecting the Islamic identity of Muslims in non-Islamic countries

 

Based on fundamental values, Mashhad as the capital of Islamic culture is the city for:

* respecting knowledge and scientists regardless of sectarian and ethnic views

* being pioneer in communications, science and technology, and focusing on events and cultural industries

* being an elegant and worthy host for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world

2. Objectives and Strategies:

2-1- Objectives:

Mashhad is the capital of the Islamic culture. Executive plans of the year 2017 only pursue one major objective:

Remodeling of the mental aspect and the introduction of Mashhad to the world

2.2 The main strategies:

§ Having attention to and taking advantage of environmental, physical and popular capacities of the holy city of Mashhad (cultural and economic benefits / local popular culture / technological and inclusive media)

§ Having cooperation and coordination (with elites to formulate programs and systematic implementation of / from NGOs to take responsibility in the events / people and trade units and economic actors to cooperate in the implementation of programs and enjoying them)

§ Performing symbolization and performing personification (integrated visual / slogan integration and coordination of programs / integrated and coordinated media expression)

2-3 policy enforcement:

§ Through implementation of programs for Mashhad in the year 2017, we should take benefit of the scientific and cultural capability and capacity of elites and the participation of the private sector as well as the economic and cultural activists.

§ All relevant government executive and public agencies and higher education institutions should be motivated to actively participate in the events in Mashhad2017, performing all to establish the office or a special committee for the capital of the Islamic culture.

§ Developing and implementing programs of Mashhad 2017 having a view to establish connections with religious centers, scientific, educational, research and culture centers in the Muslim world, while having special attention to the important reference centers

§ Performing codification of Mashhad events in 2017 with the objective of focusing on the spiritual aspects of culture and cultural products and incentives for the development of cultural, planned and executed industries
§ Establishing facilities and grounds of hosting pilgrims and tourists and meeting their needs, developing infrastructures and improve their efficiencies. But, executive programs in 2017 form with an emphasis on holding festivals, having presentations or meetings.

§ The most important approach of Mashhad 2017 as the Capital of Islamic Culture is the approximation of ethnic groups and sects and Islamic nations. For this purpose, any divisive act is avoided.

§ To stabilize capital of the Islamic culture, all programs in Mashhad 2017 are planned based on the sustainability for the coming years.

§ Applying the capacity of media, domestic and foreign popular stars (in science, culture, art and sports) is used as a joint approach in Mashhad 2017.

§ Important event of the Mashhad 2017 is a springboard to the vision of urban development as well as providing a role in realizing goals of the National Development of Mashhad (2025).

§ All programs of Mashhad 2017 will be implemented according to the important issues of ISESCO activities:

- Heritage, the Islamic culture and the requirements of globalization

- Promoting creativity and cultural diversity to achieve sustainable development

- Performing mutual conversations and integration of Civilizations in regional and international relations

- ICT in the service of sustainable development in the Islamic world

2.4 The quantitative indicators:

§ The number of pilgrims and tourists of Mashhad in 2018 reaches to four million people; one third of which are from the developed countries of the world coming to Mashhad

§ The number of people, who visit the official site of Mashhad 2017, will be more than thirty million in 2016 and 2017.

§ The main news of the events in Mashhad 2017 will be covered in half of the Islamic countries’ satellite channels.

§ Fans of the club for Mashhad as the capital of the Islamic culture are more than 20 million of citizens of other countries.

§ 20% of the citizens of Mashhad including all students and employees of executive agencies, social and cultural activists will be audiences of Mashhad2017.

§ Mashhad 2017 planning method over the next 10 years will be chosen as a model for the capitals of the Islamic culture (at least in half of the cases).

3-Framework of executive plans:

Executive plans in the capital of Islamic culture are based on operational policies designated to achieve the main goal of Mashhad in the world, in the following areas:

3.1 Developing international infrastructures and improving the productivity of their hosting in 2015-2016 with the priority fields of informatics, urban development with an emphasis on the main corridors, transportation facilities and access, theme based parks and cultural collections

3-2- Developing a wide range of information activities and programs with international coverage in all Islamic countries and the use of print, virtual and audiovisual medias

3-3- Formal events: Meeting Ministers of Culture of the Islamic countries in May 2016

3-4- Central event: the great Islamic culture and art exhibition (Expo) from May to September 2016

3-5- Ceremonial events: Grand opening program in March 2016 and ending in January 2017
3-6- Other events: thematic weeks (scientific, educational, cultural and artistic), Ferdowsi International Congress, cultural and artistic programs in the form of thematic festivals

4. Executive orders:

To coordinate enforcement actions of cultural, municipal, civil and international offices of the capital of the Islamic culture, it is necessary that all programs coordinate with the Secretariat of Planning Council and be in coordination with the provincial Secretariat

 The provisions required for synchronization of actions are as follows:

4-1 The reason for all programs designed to run in 2017 or preparation of the capital of Islamic culture should be based on the provisions of the Charter.

4.2 The use of similar identical images for Mashhad 2017 all measures require to be verified and approved by the Secretariat and it is only allowed for approved cases.

4-3- All programs will be implemented a chronological basis prepared by the Secretariat and any change in the timing of events should be done in coordination with the Secretariat.

4.4 Official website of Mashhad 2017 is managed by the Secretariat and in form of the media of the capital of the Islamic culture. Any official notification will be announced by this site and verified media

4-5- All executives are required to perform their lectures and discussion sessions and executive actions only by consulting experts and activists of the private sector

The present document is approved as the charter of Mashhad 2017 as the capital of the Islamic culture and it is approved at planning and coordination council of Mashhad 2017 and as a guideline to all campaigns and committees and executive agencies and other partners in the public and private sectors