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Hegira 359–61 / AD 970–72, Fatimid
The first mosque to be built in Fatimid Cairo and the oldest religious university, it was designated initially to teach Shi'ite jurisprudence (later Sunni). Salaries were paid by the Caliph to its 35 faqihs (jurisconsults) who resided in the vicinity of the mosque. Throughout the ages students from Islamic countries circled around their instructors in the four Sunni schools around its open courtyard.