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the Jewel of Fes: Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque, University, and Library

Nestled in the heart of Fes, Morocco, Al-Qarawiyyin is not just a mosque but a living testament to centuries of knowledge and culture.

Architectural Marvel:
The Al-Qarawiyyin mosque, with its austere yet majestic design, has evolved over 1,000 years, becoming the largest mosque in Africa. The endless arches and intricate details create an atmosphere of infinite beauty.

Historical Significance:
Founded in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri, the associated madrasa grew into an educational powerhouse, now recognized by UNESCO as the world’s oldest continuously operating educational institution.

Global Learning Hub:
Al-Qarawiyyin University draws students from Morocco, West Africa, and beyond. Its curriculum, rooted in Islamic sciences, offers lessons in Arabic grammar, Maliki law, and even modern subjects like IT, fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Library of Wisdom:
The library, established in 1349, houses priceless manuscripts, including the Al-Muwatta of Malik and the original copy of Ibn Khaldun’s “Al-‘Ibar.” A treasure trove of knowledge that has influenced scholars across the ages.

Cultural Exchange:
Al-Qarawiyyin has been a meeting ground for scholars from different backgrounds, including Christian visitors like Nicolas Cleynaerts and Golius. It continues to be a beacon of intercultural dialogue.

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