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

by Salim Ayduz, 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 Muslim-American History (2010)

by Edward E. Curtis

Said Abdelrahman Al-Azhar University Tahira Abdul-Jalil Independent scholar Hanifa Abdul Sabur Columbia University Karima W. Abidine Northwestern University Ismail Acar Bard College MayAlhassen University of Southern California Mir ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 1 - Abbreviations (1968)

Accountability to Associcao Brasileira De Escolas De Biblioteconomia E Documentacao by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

Al-Azhar University, founded in Cairo by Caliph al-Hakim in 970 A.D., always had a notable library, and access to it was not restricted to academic staff and university students; any bona fide student was ...

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