Egypt

1853 - 1920

Princess Fatima Ismail

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Khedive Ismail’s daughter who donated land for the establishment of Cairo University. She was publicly recognized for her social charity efforts and for understanding the need of establishing a higher education institution for Egyptian youths. In response to a fundraising campaign, Princess Fatima provided 661 feddans in the form of a waqf (endowment), and donated 6 feddans of royal land in Dokki, Giza. She additionally donated 18,000 Egyptian pounds for the institution’s construction, which was completed with the university’s inauguration in 1908.

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