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Al-Azhar University


Al-Azhar University is a university in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 970 or 972 by the Fatimids as a centre of Islamic learning, its students studied the Qur'an and Islamic law in detail, along with logic, grammar, rhetoric, and how to calculate the lunar phases of the moon. By bringing together the study of a number of subjects in the same place it was one of the first universities in the world and the only one to survive as a modern university including secular subjects in the curriculum. It is today the chief centre of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. It is the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt. In 1961 additional non-religious subjects were added to its curriculum.

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Google previewA Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East (2013)

by Dilip Hiro

al-Azhar University: (Arabic: Resplendent): Islamic University in Cairo ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam (2014)

by Salim Ayduz, Ibrahim Kalin, Caner Dagli

there was a Supreme Council, an Academy of Islamic Research, a Department of Cultural and Islamic Mission, al-Azhar University, and the pre-collegiate institutes. Of the three traditional ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Sudan (2013)

by Robert S. Kramer, Richard A. Lobban Jr., Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY. The leading Islamic university in Cairo, arguably the intellectual seat of the Islamic world. Sudanese are known to have studied at al- Azhar at least as early as the 16th century, and Azhar-trained fekis and merchants ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African Literature (2003)

by Simon Gikandi

usayn moved to Cairo in 1902 to join al-Azhar University. Being primarily an Islamic institution, al-Azhar ...

Google previewThe Nile: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture (2017)

by John A. Shoup III

This being the case, it is no surprise that around 970 CE the Fatimid rulers of Egypt endowed al-Azhar University in the newly founded city of Cairo. In other words, the state created a physical site and financial backing to bring together a faculty ...

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