Fatima Al-Fihriyya: Remarkable Arab Women {Resource}

I was updating my Pinterest boards, having been inspired at my first Pinterest Party yesterday, when I came across this image of Fatima Al-Fihriyya painted by the artist Nayzak.

Fatima Al-Fihriyya Art Nouveau by Nayzak

Fatima Muhammad Al-Fihri (فاطمة محمد الفهري) in 859 founded a mosque and madrasa in Fes, Morocco. The madrasa, or school, came to be one of the most notable institutions of this kind; it is still in operation today, since 1963 as the University of Qarawiyyin, and is sometimes dubbed the “world’s oldest university”.

What I noticed most was the amount of color she had on.  Such dazzling, brilliant colors.  I feel so honored to come from the Arabic culture that gave the world brilliant women that not only start universities, but also adorn themselves in style.

I wish I had not spent so many of my own university days running into the library in sweats and flip flops. 🙂


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.