The Ashmolean

Iraq: Navel of the World

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Medieval scribes and scholars lived, taught, and studied in madrasas, or religous schools. The caliph Mustansir founded a madrasa on the banks of the Tigris in Baghdad in 1230 CE and so it is called al-Mustansiriyya after him. In the 1920s, when Creswell took this photo, it was being used as a storage yard but it has since been restored as a historic monument.

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