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جامعة الأزهر بغزة, Jama'at Al-Azhar BiR'haza, (Al-Azhar University - Gaza)

[Al-Azhar University-Gaza (Palestine)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 07 Jul 2007

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A secular Palestinian university established in 1992 in Gaza City. An animated flag graphic appears on their website; not necessarily the actual university flag, but it could be.

Eugene Ipavec, 07 Jul 2007

The inscription in Arabic is "Jama'at Al-Azhar BiR'haza" ("Al-Azhar University in Gaza"). Rhaza is the not too correct transliteration since there is no English letter similar to the Arabic letter "rayin," which is pronounced as "grr."

The need to mention Gaza in the name is because of the famous Egyptian university with the same name.

Dov Gutterman, 07 Jul 2007

Obviously this institution has chosen to name itself after the great Al-Azhar University in Cairo, generally considered to be the oldest university in the world. I find it ironic that this university in Gaza, which is secular, has nonetheless chosen to use the name of the older institution, which is even today considered the most important center of Islamic theological and religious knowledge in the world.

Ron Lahav, 07 Jul 2007