A Brief Look at Historical Kamaliyyah Islamic School

A Brief Look at Historical Kamaliyyah Islamic School

Qeshm is the largest island in the Persian Gulf. It has beautiful forests, attractive beaches, valleys, hills, and caves. This Island is located in the northwest of the Strait of Hormuz. According to the latest country divisions, Qeshm has 64 cities and villages. Approximately 149,237 thousand people live in Qeshm; most of them are Sunnis and followers of Imam Shafi’i school of thought.

Kamaliyyah Seminary
The Kamaliyyah Islamic religious school is one of the historical monuments of Sunnis in Qeshm.
Throughout history, the shores of the Gulf have been the center of knowledge and Islamic sciences.
For centuries, learners and students from different parts of Iran and from some neighboring Islamic lands had been coming to the shores of the Persian Gulf to learn Islamic sciences and jurisprudence.
The Kamaliyyah School is one of the oldest religious schools in Qeshm. This school was built in a large courtyard surrounded by palm trees and is a beautiful example of Islamic architecture in Qeshm Island.
Teaching and studying have been going on in this school for nearly three hundred years. Among the most prominent scholars and clerics of this Islamic Madrassa, we can mention, are Shaikh Muhammad Kamal, its founder, Shaikh Yahya (son of Shaikh Muhammad Kamal), and Shaikh Zakaria (son of Shaikh Yahya).
About 1,500 students studied in this school during the management period of Shaikh Zakariya and Shaikh Yahya. Nowadays, Shaikh Abdur-Raouf an-Nahwi is in-charge of Kamaliyyah seminary’s affairs and responsibilities. The education is free in this school, with special accommodations provided for the students.
Applicants over 16 years old can register in this religious school. The vacation period of Kamaliyyah School is four months.

Library of Kamaliyyah
Kamaliyyah Seminary has a large library. Most of the books of this library are in Arabic, and there are some Persian books translated from Arabic to make it easy for students to understand.
There are more than 20,000 manuscripts in the Kamaliyyah library in Arabic and Persian. There are more than two thousand manuscripts, and the scholars of this seminary have edited some of them.
An inscription in the footnote of one of the manuscripts shows that the history of the Kamaliyyah School goes back to 300 years.
Most of the manuscripts of the library of the Kamaliyyah School are in the fields of interpretation (Tafsir), Hadith, syntax, history, eloquence, rhetoric, jurisprudence, and Islamic tenets.
The sciences that have been being taught in this school are jurisprudence, grammar and syntax, interpretation, hadith, rhetoric, etic.
The students of Qeshm Kamaliyyah School are mostly from the villages of Jask, Bandar Abbas, and other regions of the Persian Gulf.
Kamaliyyah School and its library are among the cultural attractions that are visited by tourists, researchers, cultural figures, religious scholars and politicians.

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