Al-Azhar University

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Al-Azhar University
'الأزهر الشريف Al-ʾAzhar al-Šarīf
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Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
TypePublic, Islamic
Established975 AD
AffiliationShia Islam (975 - 1171)
Sunni Islam (1172 - present)
Sheikh (chief)Ahmad El-Tayeb
Al-Azhar University logo.svg

Al-Azhar University[1] is a university and mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It is the main centre of Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning in the world. It is also the world's second-oldest surviving university.[2] It was founded in 975 by the Fatimids of the Shia tradition.

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Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah is the "Fatwa" department of Al Azhar university headed by Grand Imam of Al Azhar.[3]

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  1. Pronounced "AZ-har", Arabic: الأزهر الشريف
  2. Alatas, Syed Farid, 2006. From jami`ah to university: multiculturalism and Christian–Muslim dialogue, Current Sociology 54(1):112-32
  3. editor., Springborg, Robert, editor. Adly, Amr, editor. Gorman, Anthony, 1959- editor. Moustafa, Tamir, editor. Saad, Aisha, 1987- editor. Sakr, Naomi, editor. Smierciak, Sarah, 1989-. Routledge handbook on contemporary Egypt. ISBN 978-0-367-17901-4. OCLC 1193113609.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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