March is women’s history month and we bloggers post and paying homage to those women throughout history….most do their writing on the famous women they know….Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, etc. I want to give a historical look at those women that never are remembered for various reasons….
My first post will be about Fatima al-Fihri.
About now if you are not scratching your head you are reaching for the Google button….cool your jets….I will explain about her….
Who established the first university in the world?
Over 1000 years ago, amongst a migrant community in the western districts of Morocco, the vision and investment of one woman paved the way for the founding of the world’s first university: the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.
Fatima al-Fihri, who was born in Tunisia, hailed from a well-educated family. Not much is known about her early life, but sometime in the early 9th century, Fatima migrated with her father and sister from Qayrawan in Tunisia to Fez in Morocco. Upon the death of her father, Fatima inherited a large fortune. She invested this wealth in founding a mosque and educational institution for the benefit of her local community. Gradually, the establishment blossomed into the University of al-Qarawiyyin, named after Fatima’s birthplace – Qayrawan – in Tunisia.
Established in the year 859, the University of al-Qarawiyyin was the first degree-granting educational institute in the world (as recognised by UNESCO and Guinness World Records). Students from all over the world travelled to study a wide range of subjects, ranging from natural sciences to languages to astronomy, and Fatima herself studied there too. During the medieval times, the University was considered a major intellectual centre.
She is a forgotten woman in world history….and she should be celebrated and not ignored……as the West has a tendency to do with people they do not want to promote for whatever lame reason.
Read more in the life of Fatima al-Fihri….
She should be hailed for her contribution to education.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”