al-Karaouine

La primera madrasa formal del mundo musulmán, la Universidad de Al-Karaouine en Fez fue fundada por una rica comerciante con el nombre de Fatima al-Fihri.

También conocida como al Qarawiyyin, es uno de los mayores complejos arquitectónicos de Fez. La mezquita, en continuo proceso de expansión desde su construcción, es conocida por albergar la universidad más antigua del mundo, que compone uno de los más importantes centros de aprendizaje islámico.

El sultán Abú Inán dotó a la Universidad al-Karaouine de una biblioteca con un contenido muy rico que en 1613 llegó a superar la cantidad de 320.000 obras y manuscritos. Fue entonces cuando estudiantes y sabios comenzaron a desplazarse hasta Fez, convertida en capital de la ciencia y el conocimiento del Magreb.

Hoy en día la biblioteca aún conserva más de 30.000 obras, entre las que se incluyen algunos ejemplares raros y manuscritos únicos en el mundo.

Actualmente es una mezquita.

University of al-Qarawiyyin - Fes, Morocco

Established in 859 CE, it is the oldest existing, continually operating & first degree awarding educational institution in the world.

Its alumni includes some of the most famous Muslim scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, & geographers including Ibn Khaldun & Muhammad al-Idrisi.

People of other faiths have also studied here including the 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides & Pope Sylvester II.

The world’s oldest university was founded by a African woman


The following post was written by Travis Blakely. It originally appeared on “Your Black World” under the title “An African Woman Founded the World’s Oldest university.”

By: Travis Blakely

When most people talk about historical universities that still exist to this day, normally we think of the much talked about University of Oxford or Cambridge University; both world class institutions of the highest order that have tremendous history. These institutions of higher learning located in the United Kingdom have had an incredible influence in the world of education. In fact, Europe ushered in a plethora of world class universities that became the model of educational centers worldwide. But relatively unknown in Western society is the fact that the oldest universities in the world are not in Europe. The oldest university in the world as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records and UNESCO, is the University of Al-Karaouine of Morocco (Medina of Fez), discovered in 859A.D. by Fatima al-Fihri, a woman.

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