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or madrasa, madrassah

[muh-dras-uh] /məˈdræs ə/
noun, Islam.
a school or college, especially a school attached to a mosque where young men study theology.
Origin of madrasah
From Arabic Unabridged
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  • This is one of the most important mosques of any age, and is the most characteristic of the madrasah form.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
British Dictionary definitions for madrasah


/məˈdræsə; ˈmɑːdræsə/
(Islam) an educational institution, particularly for Islamic religious instruction
Word Origin
from Arabic, literally: place of learning
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Word Origin and History for madrasah

Islamic college, 1620s, from Arabic madrasah, literally "a place of study," from locative prefix ma- + stem of darasa "he read repeatedly, he studied," which is related to Hebrew darash (cf. midrash).

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