List of Islamic seminaries
This is a list of Islamic seminaries
throughout history, including the operational, historical, defunct or converted ones. This list includes mainly madrasa
in the Western context, which refers to the specific type of religious school or college for the study of the Islamic
religion and Islamic educations, though this may not be the only subject studied. It also includes sectarian or regional variants which have distinct characteristics and traditions, though serves the identical purposes as seminary, namely Hawza
of Shi'a Islam
in the medieval Persia
, Darul Uloom
which has roots in South Asia
, and pondok in Malaysia
and Southern Thailand
. This list does not include institutions which are not religious seminaries, but have an Islamic or Muslim identity or charter, or devoted to sciences and arts usually associated with Islamic or Muslim culture and history, namely Islamic University
The listings are in alphabetical order by country.
In the 1950s, Al-Azhar underwent significant change, with new regulations and reform resulting in an expanded role. In 1961 it became a modern university when many modern secular faculties were added, such as medicine, engineering and agriculture.
This great mosque, the 'brilliant one'...is one of the principal mosques of present-day Cairo. This seat of learning...regained all its activity—Sunnī from now on—during the reign of Sultan Baybars...Al-Azhar at the beginning of the 19th century could well have been called a religious university; what it was not was a complete university giving instruction in those modern disciplines essential to the awakening of the country.
Al-Azhar, the historic centre of higher Islamic learning in Cairo, has undergone significant change since the late 19th century, with new regulations and reforms resulting in an expanded role for the university. 1. From madrasa to university
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