Type: Educational institutions, Mihrabs
Date: Erected between 1323 and 1325
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Morocco
Description: The Marinid sultan Abu Sa'id Uthman II (r. 1310–31) erected the 'Attarin (Perfumers') Madrasa, named after its proximity to a spice and perfume market in Fez. Mosaic tiles and carved stucco enrich the courtyard, which opens into a square prayer hall. The classes held in the prayer hall educated jurists (legal scholars) who spoke Amazigh languages and were loyal to the Marinid sultans. The madrasa was adjacent to the Qarawiyyin Mosque, where most of the Fez's Arabic-speaking scholars studied.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 9
Repository and Online Resources: • Read more about the 'Attarin Madrasa on the website of Museum With No Frontiers.
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Navid Jamali
Tags: North African, Islamic, Access to the sacred, Status and identity, Arabic, Islamicate, Works in textbook