Gazi Husrev-begova Medresa

JU Gazi Husrev-begova medresa, Sarajevo (Javna ustanova Gazi Husrev-begova medresa u Sarajevu; transl. Public Institution Gazi Husrev-beg Madrasa in Sarajevo) is a high school and college, a madrasa in Arabic, founded on 8 January 1537 CE (26. rajab 943 AH) and built in Sarajevo as Gazi Husrev-beg's second endowment. It was built in the style of the Istanbul madrasas, and was called Kuršumlija because it was covered with a lead roof (lead in Turkish: kurşun).

JU Gazi Husrev-begova medresa
Gazi Husrev-begova medresa
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Gazi Husrev-beg Complex, old & new buildings, school, library & dorm
Sarači 49

Baščaršija, Sarajevo

Sarajevo Canton

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates43°51′34.6″N 18°25′42.0″E / 43.859611°N 18.428333°E / 43.859611; 18.428333Coordinates: 43°51′34.6″N 18°25′42.0″E / 43.859611°N 18.428333°E / 43.859611; 18.428333
Other nameKuršumlija medresa
TypePublic institution
Religious affiliation(s)Islam
Founded8 January 1537 (26. redžeba 943. h.g)
FounderGazi Husrev-beg vakif
Sister school
  • Behram-begova medresa, Tuzla
  • Elči Ibrahim-pašina medresa, Travnik
  • Karađoz-begova medresa, Mostar
  • Medresa “Gazi Isa-beg”, Novi Pazar
  • Medresa “Osman-ef. Redžović”, Veliko Čajno, Visoko
  • Medresa ”Reis Džemaludin-ef. Čaušević”, Cazin
  • Medresa “Reis Ibrahim-ef. Maglajlić”, Banja Luka
School boardRamiza Smajić, Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton
Educational authorityMinistry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton
RepresentativesRamiza Smajić
Maid-ef. Ibrahimović
Mensur Kerla
SpecialistSabaheta Ahmetagić
President of boardMunir Mujić
AdministratorBenaris Šehić
Director of madrasaMensur Malkić
Teaching staff37
Secondary years taught9th - 14th
Age range14-18
Campus typeurban, enclosed
Endowmentvakufnama 1537


At the Gazi Husrev-beg madrasa classes were attended and the teaching methods and schedules were traditional, modeled on other madrasas of large cities throughout the Empire.[1]

In his will (waqf name), Gazi Husrev-beg appointed a professor (muderis) and his madrasa to be a learned man (alim), who would teach the interpretation of the Qur'an (tefsir), oral tradition (hadit), legal philosophy and its topics, such as sharia law (ahkam) and Islamic Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), sharia law institutions. (usul), philosophy and its topics, such as poetics and rhetoric concerning semantic syntax, and allegorical and non-allegorical significations, linguistic allusion and linguistic signalling (al-Maānī wa 'l-Bayān), metaphysical dogmatics (kalam), "and of other sciences, those that require habit and time".[2]

The education lasted between 12 and 16 years, the students were not divided into classes but into rings (circles, groups), and at the end of school they received a diploma (ijazah).


The madrasa has been reformed several times. and until the country's disintegration, it was a five-year Muslim high school.[2]

In 1978, the women's department of the Gazi Husrev-beg Madrasa was established for the first time. The old building of Kuršumlija has been partially restored and is preserved as a cultural monument under state protection.[2]

Gazi Khusrev-beg madrasa todayEdit

Today, the Gazi Husrev-beg Madrasa acts as a high school and college. The training lasts for four years. Classes are conducted in Bosnian according to the Curriculum adopted by the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Riyaset), and approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Sarajevo Canton. Students who have completed this high school can continue their education at any faculty in Bosnia and Herzegovina and at many faculties abroad.[2]

The madrasa is a boarding school and all regular students live there. This, in addition to regular classes, allows them a variety of extracurricular activities through different sections, clubs and circles. The choir section, which has a dozen recorded audio and video features with Islamic religious songs glorifying Allah (ilahija) and songs about famous people from the Islamic milieu (kasida).[2]

Zemzem publicationEdit

The Zemzem newspaper, which has been published continuously since 1968. The name is a reference to a water well known as Zamzam, and situated within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.[3]

National monumentEdit

Old Kuršumlija madrasa, and facilities built during Ottoman period in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are designated National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Commission to preserve national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4]

Gazi-Husrev-beg LibraryEdit

The Gazi Husrev-beg Library is a public library founded in 1537, and is part of a larger complex with Gazi Husrev-beg Medresa. It holds one of the most important collections of Islamic manuscripts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including many originally donated by Gazi Husrev-beg. The collection survived through Bosnian war and Siege of Sarajevo. The library also holds a sizable number of books, journals, newspapers, documents and photographs. The library is part of the National Monument designation.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jajatović, Azra (1986). "Medresa" [Madrasa]. Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia (E-HRV) (Encyclopedia) (in Serbo-Croatian). Vol. 4. Zagreb: JLZ „Miroslav Krleža“. p. 328.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Vakif". Retrieved 9 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Zemzem".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "The architectural ensemble of the Gazi Husrev-beg medresa with the site and remains of the Khanaqah in Sarajevo". Komisija za očuvanje nacionalnih spomenika. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2022.


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