Get There: Al-Azhar can be easily reached via the metro (exit at Ataba station) or taxi.
Al-Azhar is one of Cairo’s oldest mosques and the world’s oldest operating university. Founded in 970~972 as a madrasa, it is now the chief centre of Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning in the world and the second oldest degree-granting university in Egypt after the Cairo University. (Though its establishment date may be considered 1961 when non-religious subjects were added to its curriculum.)
Al Azhar University is associated with Al-Azhar Mosque in Islamic Cairo. The university’s mission includes the propagation of Islamic religion and culture. To this end, its Islamic scholars render edicts on disputes submitted to them from all over the Sunni Islamic world regarding proper conduct for Muslim individuals or societies.