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The Startup

The Woman Who Founded the World’s First University

The story of an immigrant Muslim woman who changed the world

Photo by Iñaki del Olmo on Unsplash

It was in the spring of her youth that Fatima al-Fihri came to an awful realization: her beloved hometown did not want her there anymore. The city of Qairawan, her birthplace, was chasing her — and a thousand others like her — away with its unbearable taxes.

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Sharika Hafeez

Sharika Hafeez

Writer. Physics student. Under the inky-black sky, with a steaming cup of chai in my hands, I watch the stars and I write. Email me at: sharikahafeez@gmail.com