Dar al-Mustafa

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Dar al-Mustafa
TypeIslamic university
FounderHabib Umar bin Hafiz
ChancellorHabib Umar bin Hafiz

Coordinates: 16°03′01″N 48°58′31″E / 16.0504°N 48.9754°E / 16.0504; 48.9754
WebsiteDar al-Mustafa

Dar al-Mustafa is a Yemeni Islamic university based in Tarim, Hadhramaut.


In 1993, the Islamic seminary was founded by Habib Umar bin Hafiz. The Dar al-Mustafa campus was officially opened in May 1997 and incorporated as a center for traditional Islamic scholarship.[1]

In 2007, there were 250 students from various countries studying at the school.[2] In 2009, the school had approximately 700 students, most of whom were aged between 18 and 25.[3]

As a result of the school's popularity, East Tarim has continued to grow as there has been an influx of students and spiritual leaders relocating to the region with their families.[2]


The education at Dar al-Mustafa follows the methodology of traditional Islamic studies teaching in Arabic. Studies are focused on Islamic jurisprudence, Arabic grammar, Islamic theology, Qur'anic memorization, Qur'anic exegesis, prophetic traditions and sciences of the heart. The curriculum is designed so that an average student can complete all of the core classes in a period of four years.[4]

Every year, the school organises summer courses for 40 days between July and August, known as "The Dowra".[5]

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  1. ^ "Habib Umar bin Hafiz". Habib Umar. Archived from the original on August 28, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Perceptions of Pakistan: Yemen: Introduction to Tarim - City of Scholars". January 8, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Worth, Robert F. (October 14, 2009). "Crossroads of Islam, Past and Present". Tarim Journal. New York: The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dar al-Mustafa: Curriculum". Dar al-Mustafa. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Dowra". The Dowra. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011.

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