Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mustansiriya madrasah

With the establishment of the Abbaysid caliph, the administration center shifted to Baghdad in 762.

During the period of the Abbaysid, sometimes called the Golden Age of Islamic culture, Baghdad became the focal point of literary, mathematical and scientific inquiry marked by the accumulation of large libraries.

Abbaysid caliph al-Mustansir founds Mustansiriya madrasah on the banks of the Tigris in Baghdad in 1233.

This school will grow into a prominent university and continues today as one of the oldest in the world.

In 1235, an early monumental water-powered alarm clock that ‘announced the appointed hours of prayer and the time both by day and by night’ was completed in the entrance hall of the madrasah.

It and its huge library will barley survive the Mongol incursion into Baghdad in 1258, but will be rebuilt and continue into the presence as an integral part of the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad.
Mustansiriya madrasah

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