30 Aug 2016 18:26 IST

World’s oldest library founded by a Moroccan Muslim woman, now restored

The library retains the architectural stamps of over one thousand years of ruling dynasties

The world’s oldest existing library is in University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. It was originally founded as a mosque by a visionary Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihri but now, has a collection of over 4,000 rare books and manuscripts. Among its most illustrious documents is a version of the Quran dating back to the 9th century written in Kufic calligraphy!

Established in 859 AD, it has survived the test of time. In fact, it was recently renovated and plans to stand for years to come. In an article in Coldnoon, the library’s history and value are traced. Click here to read more.