The Ben Youssef Madrasa in the medina of Marrakech, Morocco was built in the 14th century by the Marinid Sultan Abu Inan Faris. It was originally built as a religious school for Islamic studies, but it also served as a mosque and a library. The madrasa was expanded in the 16th century by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, who added a large courtyard and a minaret. The madrasa was then abandoned in the 18th century and fell into disrepair. In the 19th century, it was restored by the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Hassan I and reopened as an Islamic school. For more than four centuries, it housed as many as 900 students, an impressive feat considering the cramped nature of the building’s 130 student dormitory cells. The madrasa ceased to function as a college in 1960.
November 9th, 2023
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