Interior of Al Quaraouiyine Mosque and University

The University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fes, Morocco is the oldest, still operating, degree awarding university in the world.

In the beginning of the Islamic Golden Age, Fatima al-Fihri founded the University in 859 AD. It was an important milestone in the Muslim world and an enlightenment for the entire world.

Ibn kheldun praised her saying the following:

“It is as if she awoke the will power of the kings who proceeded her. And that is the bounty of Allah , which He gives to whom He wills from His pious servants.”

Many claims that Islam restricts women from pursuing education, but ironically it was a Muslim woman who taught the entire world what education is.