Fatima al-Fihri

800 - 880

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Fatima bint Muhammad al-Fihriya al-Qurashiyya (Arabic: فاطمة بنت محمد الفهرية القرشية), known in shorter form as Fatima al-Fihriya or Fatima al-Fihri, was an Arab woman who is credited with founding the al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in 857–859 CE in Fez, Morocco. She is also known as Umm al-Banīn ("Mother of the Children"). Al-Fihriya died around 880 CE. The al-Qarawiyyin Mosque subsequently developed into a teaching institution, which became the modern University of al-Qarawiyyin in 1963. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fatima al-Fihri has received more than 525,815 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Fatima al-Fihri is the 688th most popular religious figure (down from 596th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Tunisia (down from 15th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Tunisian Religious Figure.

She is most famous for founding the University of Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.

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Among religious figures, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 688 out of 3,187Before her are Twosret, Aloysius Stepinac, Zebedee, Eulalia of Mérida, Óscar Romero, and Pontius Pilate's wife. After her are Mordecai, Célestin Freinet, Tarcisio Bertone, Said Nursî, Abdullah ibn Saba', and Abe no Seimei.

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Among people born in 800, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 8Before her are Pope Adrian III, Pope Nicholas I, Pope Sergius II, Pope Boniface VI, Ecgberht, King of Wessex, and Ælla of Northumbria. After her are Thomas the Slav, Al-Muqanna, Offa of Mercia, Pribina, Piast the Wheelwright, and Jayavarman II. Among people deceased in 880, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 2Before her is Carloman of Bavaria. After her are Bruno, Duke of Saxony, Ariwara no Narihira, and Al-Mahani.

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Among people born in Tunisia, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 19 out of 210Before her are Clodius Albinus (150), Beji Caid Essebsi (1926), Hanno the Navigator (-633), Aemilianus (207), Hasdrubal Barca (-300), and Julia of Corsica (420). After her are Macrobius (370), Sophonisba (-300), Gunthamund (450), Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah (931), Moncef Marzouki (1945), and Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941).


Among religious figures born in Tunisia, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 3Before her are Cyprian (200), and Julia of Corsica (420). After her are Fulgentius of Ruspe (468), and Youssef Rzouga (1957).