Al-Azhar University

oldest university in Arab world, established during Fatmid Caliphate

Al-Azhar University[1] is a university and mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It is the main centre of Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning in the world. It is also the world's second-oldest surviving university.[2] It was founded in 975 by the Fatimids of the Shia tradition.

Al-Azhar University
الأزهر الشريف Al-ʾAzhar al-Šarīf
Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
TypePublic, Islamic
Established975 AD
AffiliationShia Islam (975 - 1171)
Sunni Islam (1172 - present)
Sheikh (chief)Ahmad El-Tayeb

Notes Edit

Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah is the "Fatwa" department of Al Azhar university headed by Grand Imam of Al Azhar.[3]

References Edit

  1. Pronounced "AZ-har", Arabic: الأزهر الشريف
  2. Alatas, Syed Farid, 2006. From jami`ah to university: multiculturalism and Christian–Muslim dialogue, Current Sociology 54(1):112-32
  3. Naomi Sakr; Robert Springborg; Amr Adly; Anthony Gorman; Tamir Moustafa; Aisha Saad (2021). Routledge handbook on contemporary Egypt. London. ISBN 978-0-429-05837-0. OCLC 1221016919.

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