Islamic Education in Macedonia – The Case of the Isa Beg Madresa and the Faculty of Islamic Sciences
203 I s l a m i c E d u ca t i o n i n M a ce d o n i a – T h e Ca s e o f t h e I s a B e g M a d re s a a n d t h e Fa c u l t y o f I s l a m i c S c i e n ce s Muhamed Ali I n t r o d u c t i o n At the end of the 14th century after the territories of Macedonia be- came part of the Ottoman state, this area was transformed into one of the most important cultural, religious and civilization centers of Rumelia. The Ottoman investments in education in this country con- tributed to the development of education, hiring and attracting teach- ers and students from the country and surrounding region. The be- ginning of the 20th century, the period when the Ottomans left these lands, represents a period full of challenges for education institutions. Although gradually the political and economic pressures of the Yugo- slavian Kingdom were intensified against the active madresas in Mace- donia, due to the engagement of religious teachers and the support of the population, these religious education centers managed to function up until the end of World War II. After an imposed closure by the state authorities of Tito’s Socialist Yugoslavia, Isa Beg Madresa was restored in 1984 as a result...
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