Dar al-Ulum

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Teacher-training school in Egypt.

Khedive Ismaʿil Pasha and Minister of Education Ali Mubarak opened Dar al-Ulum in 1871 to train teachers of Arabic for Egypt's new state schools. Its mixed curriculum included both the religious subjects of Islam taught at al-Azhar and "modern" subjects such as history, geography, and mathematics. A college of Cairo University since 1946, Dar alUlum in 2003 had 108 faculty and nearly 9,000 students.

See also Azhar, al-; Cairo University.


Aroian, Lois A. The Nationalization of Arabic and Islamic Education in Egypt: Dar al-Ulum and al-Azhar. New York: American University in Cairo, 1983.

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