The First University in the World: Al-Quarawiyine University

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  • Istanbul Aydın University, Department of Political Science and International Relations



Morocco, Fatima Al-fihri, AlAl-Quarawiyine University, UNESCO, Guinness World Records, famous scholars


Most people would suppose that the first and oldest university in the world is in Europe. The first university in the world is in North-Africa Morocco and it was founded by the Tunisian Muslim woman Fatima Al-Fihri. The aim of the article is to raise awareness about the important role of this university and how it encouraged researches and scientists from all over the globe. In addition to this, most people are not aware of the existence of this university even though it was actually recognized by the UNESCO and the Guiness World Records. So, another aim of this article, is to make readers fully aware about how the idea of “University” was introduced for the first time in Morocco and then later expanded to the rest of the world. This article will also present a number of famous scholars who studied at Al-Quarawiyine University as well as how the university was being funded during that time.




How to Cite

Hiba. (2021). The First University in the World: Al-Quarawiyine University. MAS Journal of Applied Sciences, 6(3), 789–795.