In cooperation with the Student Affairs and the College of Arts and Humanities at Al Falah University, AFU has invited Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, through the "Microsoft Teams" program, to hold a lecture entitled “Traditional Education in Ancient UAE Society", with the aim of spreading culture, knowledge and raising awareness among students.

 

The lecture was presented by Mr. Ali Muhammad Al-Matroushi, Adviser of Heritage and Local History at the Department of Tourism Development in the Emirate of Ajman, with the presence of the Dean of the College, and a number of students and faculty members.

 

At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Al-Matroushi presented the development of education in the Emirates before the establishment of the UAE Union. The process of educational development has three types, the first of which was the teaching of the writers, or the "mutawa". A “mutawa” is an individual with comprehensive Islamic knowledge who taught the pillars of Islam, the Holy Quran, the hadiths of the Prophet, calligraphy and Arabic reading and writing skills.

 

Presented to a small number of scholars and jurists, the second type of educational development consisted of individuals with extensive knowledge on the teachings of Fiqh, the fundamentals of jurisprudence and Arabic language linguistic sciences.

 

A revolutionary education, the third type of educational development appeared during the period between 1907AD and 1953AD. During these years, educational reform was influenced by pearl merchants and international commerce through the sea and on land. As a result, they opened enlightenment schools in the emirates and brought scholars to manage these schools and oversee their developments.   

 

In conclusion, Mr. Ali Al-Matroushi concluded the lecture by stating the principles that past and present educational institutions share which include tolerance values, patriotism, and love for others.