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He disseminated to Europe the Islamic knowledge and learning he had gained by attending Islamic centres of higher learning in Spain and at al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.

Al-Qarawiyyin is now the world’s oldest existing, continuously operating university; it is recognised as such by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the same reason. The next oldest, still operating university is University of Bologna in Italy, which was founded in 1088, more than 200 years after al-Qarawiyyin.

Perhaps it is no surprise that the world, including many Muslims, would be amazed to learn that the world’s oldest, still operating, centre of learning was founded by not only a woman, but a Muslim one at that, and that the young Malala Yousafzai is one among many intelligent, brave, thoughtful and visionary women Islamic civilisation has produced.

The state of current education and learning may lead some to assume that Muslims have always been a backward people. The truth however is very different. For example, the first university to be established and one which is still in operation was set up 200 years before any university in the West. This is great news but we must answer the question: What happened after that? This needs to be an open and honest enquiry so that we may find a solution to what ails the Muslim world.

Original Source: NST

Islams academic tradition lost

He disseminated to Europe the Islamic knowledge and learning he had gained by attending Islamic centres of higher learning in Spain and at al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. Al-Qarawiyyin is now the world’s oldest existing, continuously operating university; it is recognised as such by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural [...]

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Every year thousand of Muslim students gleefully receive their A Level results and then spend the Summer looking forward to the next chapter of their education, at Universities across the country.

But not only is this something to look forward to, but for Muslim students it brings its dilemmas and potential distractions.

Inshaal has just finished his first semester at University and he talks about the challenges Muslims face and how he has found life adapting to this unique environment.

University Life for Muslims

Every year thousand of Muslim students gleefully receive their A Level results and then spend the Summer looking forward to the next chapter of their education, at Universities across the country. But not only is this something to look forward to, but for Muslim students it brings its dilemmas and potential distractions. Inshaal has just finished [...]

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So called Muslims “clerics” get it wrong again!

Recently I spotted a news article in the Express which was discussing how Muslims were no longer able to pray in their prayer hall in London’s City University as it had been closed due to an incident were four students were attacked outside the building. The reason this made the news was that the Muslims had resorted to praying out in [...]

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