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or ma·dra·sa, ma·dras·sah

noun Islam.
  1. a school or college, especially a school attached to a mosque where young men study theology.
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Origin of madrasah

From Arabic
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Historical Examples of madrasa

  • A few, who have been through a course of religious instruction at a Madrasa (school), may be able to do this.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Nothing but the arched entrance remains of the Madrasa, which is traditionally not very old.

British Dictionary definitions for madrasa


madrasa medrese (məˈdrɛseɪ)

  1. Islam an educational institution, particularly for Islamic religious instruction
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Word Origin for madrasah

from Arabic, literally: place of learning
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Word Origin and History for madrasa



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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