A highlight on the establishment of al- Mustansiriyah school, the historical dawn of our university,the past legacy and present priorty
Abbasi Caliph ,al-Mustansirbilah, ordered to build the school of al-Mstansiriyah in (625 A.H.– 1227 A.D.) ,it took six years to finish till (631 A.H. 1234 A.D.) . As mentioned by historians ,he spent funds that cannot be counted and inaugurated it with a majestic ceremony introducing its divisions, endowments,and employees statuses , the students number , curriculum, and the library system contained thousands of valuable books on religion , literature , philosophy ,and various astronomical sciences.The school of al-Mustansiriyah became a cultural and intellectual stature ,at which most of the seventh century scientists studied and gained their knowledge ,carrying the torch of science along the Arab-Islamic land.After the completion of his study,each graduated had his own certificate granted by the Sheikh or the teacher to be authorized teaching or passing on the book or the topic he studied .This certificate became of a real important ,necessary and relevant in the Late Islamic era as the sheikhs managed to granting the certificates by correspondence accordance with the known terms at that time .The school was also known for its famous clock made by Noorideen Ali al-Sa'aty (Watchmaker) ,It had been described by some sources with accurate description and was placed in the hall infront of the school .
Nowadays , Al-Mustansiriyah University continues its role following the principles of its roots in its glorious history,preducing intellectuals, politicians, doctors and scientists in various disciplines.Al-Mustansiriyah University is not a mere image of its historical building ,it restores the life, the scientific content, for which it was established at first ,presenting its role as the extension of the oldest University in the world .Thus, we recall the incident happened to one of the presidents of al-Mustansiriyah University during a conference held in Qatar in 2008 .The conference included a group of universities presidents ,they asked the president of Al-mustansiriyah to head the conference saying that Iraq is the owner of the oldest university in the world referring to al-Mustansiriya school of which our university is the legitimate extension .The aim of the establishment of the University of al-Mustansiriyah was to resurrect the historical school.
The Ministry of Education authorized Teachers' Union establishing a national university in the name of (Al-Mustansiriyah University) in 1963,comprising several branches and departments attracted many teachers and students.The union hoped to expand the university to be comprehensive for all scientific and academic disciplines, yet, a decision issued in 1964 ordered to merge (al-Sha'b University) within Baghdad University, employees who truly care about the heritage of the school tried to maintain its gains . From time to time ,they were seeking to achieve some independence to its departments from the University of Baghdad, they opened various scientific departments, and settled students fees ,the College gained the right to own buildings, followed by the recognition of its certificates which were awarded for the first graduates in1967 .*