Al-Azhar University 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. It was founded in 975 by the Fatimids of the Shia tradition.
'الأزهر الشريف Al-ʾAzhar al-Šarīf
|Affiliation||Shia Islam (975 - 1171)|
Sunni Islam (1172 - present)
|Sheikh (chief)||Ahmad El-Tayeb|
- Pronounced "AZ-har", Arabic: الأزهر الشريف
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