Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The world oldest center of learning
What is the oldest university that is still being operated? You may think of Nalanda University in India or Oxford University in England. They taught Buddhism and Christianity respectively. But in fact, the oldest university that is still in operation is the University of Al-Karauine in Morocco. It was founded by an immigrant woman in 859 CE to teach Islam. It is located at the center of the medina in Fez, Morroco, one of the best-preserved historical towns in the Arab-Muslim world. The medina is a car-free urban area where donkeys and carts are the main transportation means.
During its early years, the school focused on religious education but later added linguistics, grammar, law, music, Sufism, medicine, and astronomy. Though the university was founded by a woman, it was until recent years when female students started studying at the institution in significant numbers. The mosque of the university is not limited only to Muslims, so that many tourists from around the world visit this oldest university and enjoy ancient Islamic calligraphy and mosaics of the medina.
Enjoy seeing the gallery and think if you want to visit and see one of those oldest textbooks written on deer skin.