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The History of Higher Education

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The History of Higher Education

Episode 64
May, 2017
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When we think of old universities, our minds may go to Cambridge or Oxford, or maybe the University of Bologna. But one of the earliest known universities was established in the Moroccan City of Fez.

Join Professorial Lecturer in African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Eamonn Gearon, to explore the fascinating story of an esteemed University that was established centuries before Oxford: Karaouine University, founded by Fatima Al-Fishri in 859.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Eamonn Gearon, the Professorial Lecturer in African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, as he delves into the establishment, curriculum, and famous students and discoveries of Karaouine University, all of which helped define the Islamic Golden Age—a vibrant time for the arts and the sciences.
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