(An Ottoman Madrassa built by the famous architect Sinan)
Islamic education in the Balkans and in Kosova dates back to the introduction of Islam in this part of the world – starting with the Ottoman Empire’s conquest of the region. For this reason the educational institutions in this part of the world emerged alongside other governmental institutions during the first days of expansion of the Empire. Throughout the various epochs religious schools of the region were named variously ‘Turkish schools’, ‘Turkish educational institutions’, ‘Islamic schools’, ‘Muslim schools’ etc. Apart from the education of Muslim children, children of other religious communities such as the Macedonian and Serbian, attended these educational institutions .