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Name of Object:

Zaytuna University


Tunis, Tunisia

Holding Institution:

Institut Supérieur d’Histoire Contemporaine de la Tunisie

 About Higher Institute for the Study of Contemporary History of Tunisia, University of Manouba, Tunis

Date of Object:

19th century

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This photograph shows young students coming out of a class in the Zaytuna University. In fact, the mosque was not only a place of worship, but also a sizeable university. A number of theologians, litterateurs, and art and science scholars from all over the Arab world (with an emphasis on North Africa) founded, across various generations, the Zaytuna university in Tunis. The teaching was constantly being modernized and restructured during the 19th century, and particularly under the reign of Ahmed Pacha Bey and the viziership of the reforming minister Khaireddine (Khayr al-Din).

Citation of this web page:

Saloua Khadhar Zangar "Zaytuna University" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tn;71;en;N

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Saloua Khadhar Zangar
Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: TN 071

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