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Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam, conveyed his message in his masjid (small mosque) in Medina. It was the first academy in the history of Islam. Roughly 70 of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) unmarried companions constantly lived in the yard of the prophet’s masjid and did not leave his side. These people were called “Ashab al-Suffa” (those who lived in the yard). They recorded the verses of the Quran and hadith(prophetic sayings) and read these recordings to those who were not present at the time. Ashab al-Suffa played the most important role in spreading Islam to the remote regions and passing it down to future generations. Scholars that were meant to be sent to tribes were also chosen from among Ashab al-Suffa. They knew every Quran verse by memory and were familiar with the Islamic sciences.


In the world of Islam, higher education together with religious and literary sciences was practiced in masjids and sometimes in the houses of the “mudarris” (professors) in accordance with medieval traditions.


Starting from the ninth century A.D., separate madrasahs began to be established next to masjids. These madrasahs were called “mosque” which means “gatherer” in Arabic. In Europe, the Latin word “universitatis” was used as the equivalent of the word “mosque.”
Universities were divided into kulliyahs (faculties) and each kulliyah offered education in a different field of science. Madrasahs featured a lecture hall, conference hall and classes, offices and lodgings for professors, masjid, library, infirmary, student dorms, baths and a dining hall. Madrasahs were not the properties of the state – they were established and managed via waqfs (foundations). Governments could not interfere with madrasahs, which provided the opportunity for scientific / intellectual autonomy in the Muslim world.
Founded in Fez, Morocco in 859, the University of Qarawiyyin is the oldest university in the world that is still active. The Qarawiyyih Library was founded by a woman. In the 9th century, Fatima al-Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy merchant from Tunisia’s Kairouan, arrived in Fez and began laying include the library, the Qarawiyyin Mosque, and oldest higher education institution in the world –with alumni including the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the great Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun, and the Andalusian diplomat Leo Africanus.
The University of Cordoba, founded in Andalusia in 786, was the oldest university in Europe. French-descended Pope Silvester II (999-1003) graduated from the University of Cordoba. Universities of Kairouan and Zaytouna were founded in Tunisia in 726 and 732 respectively and they were followed by the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt in 972. All these institutions operated within a huge mosque complex in accordance with the traditions of the early Islamic era.


Universities separated from mosques


Universities that were independent from mosques were established in the 11th century. These universities that were founded on the initiatives of the grand vizier of the Seljuk Empire, Nizam al-Mulk, are called “Nizamiyya Madrasahs.” The first one of these universities was founded in Baghdad in 1076 and its branches were opened in cities such as Esfahan, Rey, Nishapur, Merv, Balkh, Herat, Basra, Mosul and Amul. Famous scholars including al-Ghazali taught in these institutions. “Nizamiyya Madrasahs” were followed by “Nuriyah Madrasahs,” which were founded by the Seljuk governor Nur ad-Din in Damascus. These chains of madrasahs, founded in 1168 for the first time, spread to Damascus and Egypt in time and served as models to the future Ottoman madrasahs.


Back then, cities such as Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, Kairouan, Cordoba, Rey, Bukhara, Samarkand, Herat, Tabriz, Istanbul, Kazan and Delhi were cultural centers just like Hejaz. These cities became hubs for distinguished scholars; rooted madrasahs and libraries full of priceless books were established and the number of written and published books increased.


Those who wanted to specialize in sciences flocked to these cities and most of them returned to their hometowns in efforts to teach the knowledge they required to their fellow townsman. In the world of Islam, it was possible to come across well-educated scholars who delivered lectures on all kinds of science and gave fatwa, even in the simplest villages.


Ottoman madrasahs were the continuation of the Seljuks’ madrasah model. The very first Ottoman university was founded in the mid-14th century in İznik. The Sahn-ı Seman Madrasah (madrasah with eight lecture halls), founded by Mehmed the Conqueror (Sultan Mehmet II) after he conquered Istanbul, was a university that was a match to its equivalents in Europe. By establishing the university, the education system in the land of the Ottomans was designed as well. Those who graduated from this madrasah were assigned to the highest offices in the Ottoman state such as the offices of judges, muftis and tax officers. The Ottoman universities took their final shape during the reigns of Ottoman sultans Bayezid II and Süleyman the Magnificent. Süleymaniye Madrasahs were institutions that offered graduate programs. Convenient to the tradition of the time, these universities provided education on theology, law, medicine and philosophy. These madrasahs continued to operate until they were closed by the republican government in 1924.


Written By: Murat Mert


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The Clock Towers From The Archive Of Sultan Abdul Hamid



The Clock Towers From The Archive Of Sultan Abdul Hamid


The clock, which provided great convenience to people with its invention, was located in the city squares at a size and height that everyone could see before it got smaller and went into pockets. Although they were built in the West, these historical buildings, which became works of art in the East, were the most striking architectural works of the cities. On the 25th anniversary of Sultan AbdulHamid’s accession to the throne, it spread to the interior of Anatolia, with the governors sending an edict to build a clock tower. We have compiled the photographs of clock towers that have witnessed centuries from the archive of Sultan AbdulHamid.


Amasya Saat Kulesi

Amasya Clock Tower

The clock tower, located at the north end of the bridge, right next to the Government Mansion, was built in 1865 by the Amasya Governor Ziya Pasha.


Ankara Memleket Saati

Ankara Clock Tower


Bağdat Saat Kulesi

Baghdad Clock Tower

Although clock tower construction emerged in the West, it became an art in the East. The first examples of these historical structures, which have been seen since the 13th century, were seen in Italy and England. It started to be seen in the Ottoman Empire towards the end of the 16th century.


Balıkesir Saat Kulesi

Balıkesir Clock Tower

Balikesir Clock Tower, which was brought to the city by Mehmet Pasha of Crete in 1829, was built in a cylindrical shape, similar to the Galata Tower in Istanbul.


Balıkesir Saat Kulesi2

Balıkesir Clock Tower

When it was destroyed due to the earthquake in 1897, it was rebuilt in 1901 as it is today. The tower, which has clocks in all four directions, was made of cut stone and decorated with relief workmanship.


Bombay Saat Kulesi

Darülfünun building and clock tower in Mumbai, India

Architectural works of the period reflect this feature because they were built in baroque, empire, eclectic and neo-classical styles. Clock towers are usually plain stone structures. Clock towers in Tophane, Yıldız Palace, Dolmabahçe, İzmir and İzmit are the most ornate.


Bursa Saat Kulesi

Clock tower in the garden of Osman Gazi tomb

The clock tower located in Tophane Park in Bursa; It was first built during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz. It was demolished at an unknown date, however, until the 1900s. Its construction started again in 1904 and was completed on August 31, 1905. It was put into service with a ceremony by the Governor Reşit Mümtaz Pasha on 31 August 1906 in honor of Abdülhamid’s accession to the throne.


Edirne Saat Kulesi

Edirne Clock Tower

The tower, which became known as the “Macedonian Clock Tower” after the wooden floors and clocks that had been built by Hacı İzzet Pasha, one of the governors of Edirne, on the tower in 1866-1867, was severely damaged in the 1953 earthquake.


Evrak Mahzeniyle Saat Kulesi

In addition to showing the time, it was also used as a fire watchtower. Some clock towers, such as those in Dolmabahçe and Yıldız palaces, were used as barometers and thermometers.


Gümülcine Saat Kulesi

Gümülcine Clock Tower

According to the researches carried out by academics, there are forty-four standing in Anatolia, fifteen rising like a tower by connecting to a structure, twenty-five that have disappeared, fifteen newly built, six in Albania, twenty-three in Bosnia-Herzegovina, thirty-five in Bulgaria, and Palestine. , four in Iraq, eleven in Kosovo, one in Libya, two in Lebanon, fifteen in Macedonia, one in Egypt, one in Romania, one in Serbia, three in Syria and a total of 115 clock towers, of which fourteen in Greece, were identified.


Halep Saat Kulesi

Halep Clock Tower


İzmir İstasyonu Saat Kulesi

İzmir Station Clock Tower

Izmir Clock Tower, one of the Ottoman sultans, Sultan II. It was built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid’s accession to the throne. The 25-meter-high, 4-storey and octagonal tower, built by the commission consisting of İzmir Governor Kıbrıslı Kamil Pasha, his son Naval Mirliva Said Pasha and Mayor Eşref Pasha, adorns Konak Square.


Konya Saat Kulesi

Konya Clock Tower

This clock tower in Konya was converted from a church and used as a mosque and later as a clock tower. In 1872, the governor of Burdurlu Ahmed Tevfik Pasha had a square wooden room built on top of its dome to turn the Eflatun Masjid into a clock tower, and a wooden tower was placed on top of it. The tughra of Sultan Abdulaziz was engraved on the outer face of the mihrab wall of the building, which has clock dials on all four sides. Unfortunately, it could not reach the present day because it was demolished to its foundations in 1921.


Samarra Cami Saat Kulesi

Samarra Cami (Mosque) Clock Tower

Clock towers, which became the symbols of cities, were built on the highest hills or in squares that could be seen from everywhere. According to their locations, they were divided into three as those located in the squares, those planted on slopes and hills, and those located on a building.


Samsun Saat Kulesi

Samsun Clock Tower

Sultan II. It was built on October 4, 1906 during the reign of Abdülhamid. The 15-meter-high clock tower had a cylindrical body rising on an octagonal base. The top of the hull was made similar to the minaret balconies.


Tophane Saat Kulesi

Tophane Clock Tower

Tophane, also known as Nusretiye Clock Tower, was built by Sultan Abdülmecid in the second half of the 19th century. The clock tower gradually narrows upwards and has four floors with the clock section. It is located in front of the Tophane Barracks, behind the Nusretiye Mosque. It is the first surviving clock tower of Istanbul.


Trablusgarp Saat Kulesi

Tripoli Clock Tower

The historical clock tower in the bazaar next to Şuheda Square can be seen from all over the city and reflects the Ottoman architecture of that period.


Yanya Saat Kulesi

Yanya Clock Tower

II. On the 25th anniversary of AbdulHamid’s accession to the throne, a decree was sent to the governors regarding the construction of a clock tower. Thus, historical buildings spread to the interior of Anatolia.


Yıldız Sarayı Hamidiye Saat Kulesi

Yıldız Palace Hamidiye Clock Tower

Hamidiye Clock Tower is located in Yıldız district of Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. As it can be understood from the tugra on the entrance gate, it was built by AbdulHamid II between 1889 and 1890. The architect of the clock tower, which was built with four sides (octagon) with broken corners, is Sarkis Balyan. There are four inscriptions on the first floor of the tower, a thermometer and barometer on the second floor, and a clock room on the top floor. There is a compass on the decorative roof of the clock tower and a weather vane on its top.


Yozgat Saat Kulesi

Yozgat Clock Tower

Yozgat Clock Tower, built by Şakir Usta in 1908 under the mayorship of Tevfikzade Ahmet Bey, is located in the city center. The imposing and centuries-old clock tower consists of 7 floors, with the ground floor and parts of the bells. The clock tower, which was built with cut stones, has 4 clocks placed on the facades of the first floor.


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1. Turkiye (…)

2. Bulgaria (545 years)

3. Greece (400 years)

4. Serbia (539 years)

5. Montenegro (539 years)

6. Bosnia and Herzegovina (539 years)

7. Croatia (539 years)

8. Macedonia (539 years)

9. Slovenia (250 years)

10. Romania (490 years)

11. Slovakia (20 years) Ottoman name: Uyvar

12. Hungary (160 years)

13. Moldova (490 years)

14. Ukraine (308 years)

15. Azerbaijan (25 years)

16. Georgia (400 years)

17. Armenia (20 years)

18. Southern Cyprus (293 years)

19. Northern Cyprus (293 years)

20. Southern lands of Russia (291 years)

21. Poland (25 years)-protection- Ottoman name: Lehistan

22. The southeast coast of Italy (20 years)

23. Albania (435 years)

24. Belarus (25 years) -protection-

25. Lithuania (25 years) -protection-

26. Latvia (25 years) -protection-

27. Kosovo (539 years)

28. Vojvodina (166 years) Ottoman name: Banat

29. Iraq (402 years)

30. Syria (402 years)

31. Israel (402 years)

32. Palestine (402 years)

33. Urdun (402 years)

34. Arabia (399 years)

35. Yemen (401 years)

36. Oman (400 years)

37. United Arab Emirates (400 years)

38. Qatar (400 years)

39. Bahrain (400 years)

40. Kuwait (381 years)

41. Western lands of Iran (30 years)

42. Lebanon (402 years)

43. Egypt (397 years)

44. Libya (394 years) Ottoman name: Tripoli

45. Tunisia (308 years )

46. ​​Algeria (313 years)

47. Sudan (397 years) Ottoman name: Nubia

48. Eritrea (350 years) Ottoman name: Habes

49. Djibouti (350 years)

50. Somalia (350 years) Ottoman name: Zeyla

51. Kenyan beaches (350 years)

52. Tanzanian beaches (250 years)

53. Northern regions of Chad (313 years) Ottoman name: Reşade

54. Part of Niger (300 years) Ottoman name: Kavar

55. The northern lands of Mozambique (150 years)

56. Morocco (50 years) -protection-

57. Western Sahara (50 years) -protection-

58. Mauritania (50 years) -patronage-

59. Mali (300 years) Ottoman name: Gat Kazası

60. Senegal (300 years)

61. Gambia (300 years)

62. Guinea-Bissau (300 years)

63. Guinea (300 years )

64. Part of Ethiopia (350 years) Ottoman name: Habeş (Abyssinian)


Although not officially located within the borders of the Ottoman Land borders, the places that are actually connected to the Caliphate are:


65. Muslims of India -Pakistan-

66. East India Muslims -Bangladesh-

67. Singapore

68. Malaysia

69. Indonesia

70. Turkestan Khanates

71. Nigeria

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