Omdurman Islamic University (OIU) is built on an area of size about 800 feddans (3,360,000 square meters) in Omdurman, Sudan. While the school is primarily oriented toward Islamic studies, it serves other fields of studies as well, such as engineering, agriculture and medicine. Omdurman Islamic University is a member of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.
Omdurman Islamic University use to be called Omdurman Scientific Institute. The Omdurman Scientific Institute is the first private scientific institute established in modern Sudan, and many prominent Sudanese scholars and personalities have graduated from it. Sudanese scholars asked the colonial government at the time to establish the Omdurman Scientific Institute, and it agreed and established the institute in 1912, as a response to foreign education. The institute represents the beginning of regular religious education in Sudan, which adopted the Al-Azhar system. The scientific institute developed in the mid-sixties of the twentieth century to later become Omdurman Islamic University in 1965.
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