World’s First University Was Founded by a Muslim Woman

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World’s First University was founded by a Muslim woman, Amazed? This is true!

The University of Al Quaraouiyine is one of the oldest and the world’s first universities and the interesting thing about this is that it was founded by a Muslim woman.

Fatima Al-Fihri

Fatima Al Fihri was the daughter of Muhammad, a merchant. Fatima Al Fihri was also known as the Mother of Boys and Lady of Fez. She was the Muslim woman who founded the world’s first university.

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She was born in Tunisia in 800 CE, and after that, she was moved to Fez. Luckily, her Father became a very famous and rich businessman. Then after the death of her Father and Brother, Fatima Al Fihri was left alone with her sister whose name is Marium.

Since her father had become very rich so automatically inherited a huge sum of money after the death of her brother and father. She decided to serve the people in the community to educate them.

In 859 CE, she invested her money to build the University of Al Quaraouiyine in Morocco.

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People say that this was initially a mosque where they used to teach Quran and Sunnah but after years of establishment, it has been converted into a University.

The University of Al Quaraouiyine has been educating a lot of people every year since 859 CE when Fatima Al Fihri started this. The University of Al Quaraouiyine was the world’s first academic university which was founded by a Muslim woman.

Its structure remains the same, and it’s one of the most beautiful sites to visit when one goes to Morocco.

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Not just Muslims but also Non-Muslims from the Western world also come to the University of Al Quaraouiyine and study chemistry, physics, and other things.

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Fatima Al Fihri died in 880 CE, since then the University of Al Quaraouiyine has been teaching a lot of people and still exists!


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