Dar al-Ulum

Dar al–Ulum
كلية دار العلوم
Type Public
Established 1872 (1872)
President Mohammed Saleh Tawfiq Abu al-Hasan
Location Cairo University, Egypt
30°01′39″N 31°12′37″E / 30.02760°N 31.21014°E / 30.02760; 31.21014Coordinates: 30°01′39″N 31°12′37″E / 30.02760°N 31.21014°E / 30.02760; 31.21014
Campus Urban
Affiliations UNIMED
Website www.darelom.cu.edu.eg

Dar al-Ulum (Arabic: كلية دار العلوم, kullīya dār al-ʿulūm), is an educational institution designed to produce students with both an Islamic and modern secondary education. It was founded in 1871 and is now a faculty of Cairo University; it may be called Faculty of Dar al-Ulum.

It began as a means to introduce those in mosque colleges to new knowledge emanating from the West. Its graduates include activists like Hasan al-Banna (died 1949), the founder of the Muslim Brothers group and Sayyid Qutb (executed in 1966 for plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser), the author of “Social Justice in Islam,” and “Milestones.”

Dar al-ʿUlum was incorporated into Cairo University in 1946 and is now referred to as “The Faculty of Dar al-ʿUlum.” The Faculty is delegated by Cairo University to offer B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Arabic language and literature & Islamic studies.

See also


    • David C. Kinsey, “Efforts for Educational Synthesis under Colonial Rule: Egypt and Tunisia,” Comparative Education Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, Colonialism and Education. (Jun., 1971), pp. 172–187.

    Cited in Kinsey’s article:

    • J. Heyworth-Dunne, An Introduction to the History of Education in Modern Egypt (London: Luzac, 1939);
    • Yacoub Artin, L'instruction publique en Egypte (Paris: Leroux, 1890);
    • Ahmad Izzat Abd al-Karim, Ta'rikh al-ta'lim fi Misr: 1848-1882, 3 vols. (Cairo: Dar al-Ma'arif, 1917);
    • Muhammad Abd al-Jawwad, Taqwim Dar al-ʿUlum (Cairo: Dar al-Ma'arif, 1952), p. 6;
    • Ibrahim Salama, L'enseignement islamique en Egypte (Cairo: Imprimerie nationale, 1939), p. 254;
    • Robert L. Tignor, Modernization and British Colonial Rule in Egypt, 1882-1914 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966);
    • David C. Kinsey, "Egyptian Education Under Cromer: A Study of East-West Encounter in Educational Administration and Policy, 1883-1907" (Unpublished PhD dissertation, Harvard University, 1965);
    • Abu Al-Futouh Ahmad Radwan, Old and New Forces in Egyptian Education (N.Y: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1951);
    • Lord Cromer, Annual Report for 1906, House of Commons Sessional Papers, Egypt, No. I (1907) (London: HMSO, 1907), p. 94;
    • Douglas Dunlop, "Note on the Progress and Condition of Public Instruction in Egypt in 1913" (mimeographed, 1914), pp. 17–18;
    • Sir Eldon Gorst, Annual Report for 1907, House of Commons Sessional Papers, Egypt. No. I (1908) (London: HMSO, 1908), p. 39.
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