Lecture 1: Academic Facilities from the Islamic Age

This one and only lecture introduces the broad theme of academic facilities that were erected, and rose to prominence during the Islamic Age. As the Islamic faith became known, and one of the dominating movements of its era, it became necessary to pass down the verses of the Quran, which were transcribed onto paper. Ergo, Islam augmented its reach based upon a predication of literate followers. Facilities, such as mosques and madrasas, became central spaces respecting the learning processes of Muslims. While Islam grew across regions, so too did the need to decipher the prophet’s teachings, and spaces to do so. Lending itself to other realms of higher education, the Islamic religion, and where it could afford students to learn, proved to be a juggernaut in both physical size and influence during the “Islamic Age.” Beyond the introduction, this lecture briefly outlines these case studies: 1. University of Al Karaouine – African Continent 2. Al-Azhar University – African Continent 3. Madrasa at Zuzan – Middle East Region 4. Mustansiriya Madrasa – Middle East Region 5. Al-Firdaws Madrasa – Middle East Region 6. Hauz Khas Madrasa – South Asia 7. Madrasa of Sultan Hassan – African Continent

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