Fatima al-Fihri

800 - 880

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Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriyya Al-Qurashiya (Arabic: فاطمة بنت محمد الفهرية القرشية‎) was an Arab woman who is credited with founding the al-Qarawiyyin mosque in 859 CE in Fez, Morocco. She is also known as "Umm al-Banayn". Al-Fihri died around 880 AD. The Al-Qarawiyyin mosque subsequently developed a teaching institution, which became the University of al-Qarawiyyin in 1963.Her story is told by Ibn Abi Zar' (d. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fatima al-Fihri has received more than 335,095 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Fatima al-Fihri is the 710th most popular religious figure (down from 707th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Tunisia 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 710 out of 2,272. Before her are Mary of Bethany, Nathan Söderblom, Catherine of Vadstena, Antipope Boniface VII, Maudgalyayana, and Ibrahim ibn Muhammad. After her are Jethro, Mahapajapati Gotami, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Thomas Wolsey, Theophilus of Antioch, and Vilna Gaon.

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Among people born in 800, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 10Before her are Ælla of Northumbria, Pope Boniface VI, Pope Adrian III, Pope Sergius II, Horik I, and Offa of Mercia. After her are Thomas the Slav, Antipope Philip, Gudfred, Pribina, Piast the Wheelwright, and Al-Muqanna. Among people deceased in 880, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 2Before her is Carloman of Bavaria. After her are Bruno, Duke of Saxony and Ariwara no Narihira.

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Among people born in Tunisia, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 21 out of 163. Before her are Clodius Albinus (150), Hanno the Navigator (-633), Beji Caid Essebsi (1926), Julia of Corsica (420), Macrobius (370), and Gunthamund (450). After her are Sophonisba (-300), Hasdrubal the Fair (-270), Arnobius (255), Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941), Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah (931), and Fouad Mebazaa (1933).


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).