Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the World’s First University

Did you know both the world's oldest (and still existing) university and library were founded by an African woman? In 859 CE, Fatima Al-Fihri founded the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, in present-day Morocco. By the 9th century, Fez was one of the most influential Muslim cities. The Al-Fihri family moved there for a more… Continue reading Fatima Al-Fihri: Founder of the World’s First University

Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Explorer of the Ancient World

Ibn Battuta, born in 1304 CE, was a Moroccan explorer and scholar. Over 30 years, he travelled 125,000 kilometres, across 40 present-day countries, the longest distance traveled by a single human until the 19th century. Ibn Battuta belonged to the Amazigh (Berber), an ethnic group native to Northwest Africa, and he trained early on as… Continue reading Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Explorer of the Ancient World