WOMEN OF HISTORY: Fatima al-Fihri (800 - 880 AD)
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Do you ever think about what you are doing with the limited time and resources you have in this life? What will you leave behind when you are gone?


Meet Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the world’s oldest university, which is still operating today! Al-Qarawiyyin was built as a mosque around 840 AD and when Fatima purchased it and rebuilt it into a university, she doubled it in size and opened it as the FIRST institution for higher learning that offered graduate and post-graduate degrees in Islamic Studies, mathematics, grammar, and medicine. This university is about 200 years older than the first European university, and as I mentioned, it’s still operating today and also holds the world’s oldest library!


It is INCREDIBLY powerful to think about how much of a permanent and lasting impact ONE woman (<3 Fatima al-Fihri <3) was able to make in her lifetime. 


What legacy will YOU leave behind? 



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