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Uthman Pasha Madrassa

Uthman Pasha Madrassa a 400-Year-Old Haven of Scholarship

by KRM Staff Mail Print
Uthman Pasha Madrassa a 400-Year-Old Haven of Scholarship
Uthman Pasha Madrasa © Sohail Nakhooda/Kalam Research & Media

The Uthman Pasha Madrasa in the Old City of Tripoli is closely affiliated to KRM and acts as its traditional teaching centre in Islamic theology, logic, grammar, scripture, and law. The madrasa, built during Ottoman rule, is almost 400 years old and has an illustrious history of contribution to the spiritual and theological heritage of Tripoli. Some of the most important Libyan theologians of the past have been associated with this madrasa. The madrasa complex is now fully restored and is functional once again teaching Qur’an, Arabic, Logic, Law and Theology.

 The madrasa has six individual rooms for scholars (khalwas), a library, three teaching rooms and other facilities. The Madrasa has been historically associated with Azhar in Egypt and Zaituna in Tunisia. Those historical links have been recently revived through scholarly visits and exchanges.

KRM's team is closely connected to the Uthman Pasha Madrasa, and it is assisting the madrasa to develop its teaching curriculum and programme that will allow it to reach national and international students, academic and the general public.

Dr Aref Nayed, the founder and director of KRM, was instrumental in the renovation and reopening of the madrasa and has been teaching logic and theology in this venerable madrasa for several years. 

The madrasa is soon to be affiliated with distinguished theological centres from around the world in order to further scholarly and religious collaboration.

The Uthman Pasha Madrasa is a haven of tranquillity and a truly living centre of spiritual and scholarly renewal and as such it is central to the wider aim of the revival of the sophisticated kalam tradition that KRM seeks to enrich.

The madrasa is also a veritable historical landmark and many tourists visiting the Old Madina also make a point of visiting this site. KRM is currently developing several projects that will highlight the historical relevance of this madrasa for both Libyans and those visiting the country and also map out a comprehensive database of the mosques and religious learning institutions in the Old Madina. There are over sixty mosques alone in the Old Madina, dating from the Ottoman period and the historical importance and features of these exquisite mosques is gradually fading from the public's memory. It is important therefore to restore their importance to the Libya's heritage.

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