Leading Islamic university to open in Malaysia

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al-azhar-graduationCairo’s Al Azhar University, a leading center of Arab and Islamic learning founded in the 10th century, will open its first international campus in September 2014 in Malaysia, according to the New Straits Times.

The campus will initially accept 300 students to follow courses in Arabic, Shariah and will be set up in Nilai near Kuala Lumpur. The opening of the campus would enable Muslim students in Asia as a whole and Southeast Asia in particular an opportunity to pursue studies at Al Azhar without traveling to Egypt.

The move also reflects Al Azhar’s recognition of Malaysia as an Islamic country, the university said.

A joint committee comprising representatives from the Malaysian education ministry and the university had been formed to discuss further plans to set up the branch campus, which will be named the Al Azhar Tuanku Mukhriz University.

Al Azhar, founded around the year 970, was one of the first universities in the world and the only one to survive as a modern university including secular subjects in the curriculum. It is today the center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. It is also the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt. In 1961 additional non-religious subjects were added to its curriculum.

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Cairo’s Al Azhar University, a leading center of Arab and Islamic learning founded in the 10th century, will open its first international campus in September 2014 in Malaysia, according to the New Straits Times.

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al-azhar-graduationCairo’s Al Azhar University, a leading center of Arab and Islamic learning founded in the 10th century, will open its first international campus in September 2014 in Malaysia, according to the New Straits Times.

The campus will initially accept 300 students to follow courses in Arabic, Shariah and will be set up in Nilai near Kuala Lumpur. The opening of the campus would enable Muslim students in Asia as a whole and Southeast Asia in particular an opportunity to pursue studies at Al Azhar without traveling to Egypt.

The move also reflects Al Azhar’s recognition of Malaysia as an Islamic country, the university said.

A joint committee comprising representatives from the Malaysian education ministry and the university had been formed to discuss further plans to set up the branch campus, which will be named the Al Azhar Tuanku Mukhriz University.

Al Azhar, founded around the year 970, was one of the first universities in the world and the only one to survive as a modern university including secular subjects in the curriculum. It is today the center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. It is also the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt. In 1961 additional non-religious subjects were added to its curriculum.

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