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Al-Azhar University was founded in Cairo, Egypt around 970-972 by the Fatimid dynasty of Egypt, descended from Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad. Fatimah was called Az-Zahra (the brilliant) and the university was named in her honor. After the victory of Sultan Salahudin in his ruling over Egypt in the 12th century, Al-Azhar was reinstituted from a Shia madrasa to a Sunni madrasa. It is the oldest degree-granting university in Egypt and possibly the world. It is thought of as the chief center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world and in 1961, it was established as a university under the government of Egypt and added non-religious subjects to its curriculum. The University is associated with the infamous Al-Azhar Mosque in Islamic Cairo and is well-known for its Faculty of Arabic Language.
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