Al-Nizamiyya of Baghdad

Al-Nizamiyya Of Baghdad

Al-Nizamiyya of Baghdad

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Al-Nizamiyya of Baghdad (Arabic,المدرسة النظامية ) was one the first Islamic universities, established in July of 1091 when Nizam al-Mulk appointed the 33-year-old Al-Ghazali as a professor of the school.

Offering free education,Black, A. A History of Islamic Political Thought – From the Prophet to the Present. Cambridge: Edinburgh University Press, 2001.

Ibn Tumart, founder of the Berber Almohad dynasty, reputedly attended the school and studied under al-Ghazali. Nizam al-Mulk's son-in-law Mughatil ibn Bakri was also employed by the university. In 1096, when al-Ghazali left the University, it housed 3000 students . In 1116, Muhammad al-Shahrastani taught at the University. In the 1170s, statesman Beha Ud-Din taught at the University, before he moved on to teach in Mosul.

Persian poet Sa'di studied at the university from 1195 until 1226, when he set out on a thirty-year journey, he was also among those who witnessed first-hand accounts of its destruction by Mongol Ilkhanate invaders led by Hulagu during the Sack of Baghdad in the year 1258.

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