Did you know the first university in the world was built by a Muslim woman approx 1200 years ago?
This is the story of Fatima Al-Fihiri (800–880 CE).
The visual representations of the persons mentioned here are obviously the product of the artists.
- Role of Women in Islam
1: Oldest higher-learning institution, oldest university (guinnessworldrecords.com)
The oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. The University of Bologna, Italy, was founded in 1088 and is the oldest one in Europe.
The Sumerians had scribal schools or É-Dub-ba soon after 3500BC.
Some also point out that India had a very old university:
The oldest university in the world is not Karueein (al-Qarawiyyin), but Nalanda, in Bihar, India. At its peak it had over 10,000 students from all over Asia Minor and even boasts of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) as one of its alumni. The university taught everything from astronomy to medicine. Lukas Godfrey
Dr Gina van Raphael added the following:
For all the 'Na-uh! We got their first!' claims, ALL cultures had centres of learning. The Sumerians had such 3500 yrs BCE. The Chinese, Greeks, Aztecs, Indians, Arab Bedouins etc...all peoples had higher learning sites since antiquity.
The *acknowledged* one is Fatima's.