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Fatima al-Fihri

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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 520,016 page views. Her biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Fatima al-Fihri is the 596th most popular religious figure (up from 709th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Tunisia (up from 20th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 596 out of 2,238Before her are Ruqayyah bint Muhammad, Maria al-Qibtiyya, Saint Casimir, Zayd ibn Thabit, Pope Eusebius, and Pope Vigilius. After her are Ali al-Hadi, Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, Pope Alexander II, Catherine Labouré, Jean Meslier, and Gamaliel.

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Among people born in 800, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 8Before her are Pope Nicholas I, Ecgberht, King of Wessex, Pope Adrian III, Ælla of Northumbria, Pope Boniface VI, and Pope Sergius II. After her are Offa of Mercia, Thomas the Slav, Jayavarman II, Horik I, Sigurd Ring, and Pribina. 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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In Tunisia

Among people born in Tunisia, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 15 out of 179Before her are Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), Hasdrubal Barca (-300), Masinissa (-238), Hanno the Navigator (-633), Mago Barca (-243), and Clodius Albinus (150). After her are Aemilianus (207), Beji Caid Essebsi (1926), Julia of Corsica (420), Gunthamund (450), Hasdrubal the Fair (-270), and Gordian II (190).


Among religious figures born in Tunisia, Fatima al-Fihri ranks 2Before her are Cyprian (200). After her are Julia of Corsica (420), Fulgentius of Ruspe (468), and Youssef Rzouga (1957).