Chapter 6 - The madrasas and universities
Madrasas should mean what they were in middle ages - instead of meaning ordinary shools they would be high profile islamic schools.
They would be allowed if Legalism and Church/religious infrastructure are at least on level 2.
Madrasa would be a structure which could be built only in cities in provinces with 5 or more holdings. The number of Madrasas would be however limited to max 1 per de-jure
duchy and 5 per de-facto
Then in the religious screen there would be a special window where all madrasas could be overviewed (not only those under player's rule, but also others. There one could overview the head of each madrasa (mudarris) and his 2 assistents (mu'ids - 1 mu'id) and the focus of said Madrasa.
Usualy the Mudarris
(the head of Madrasa) is appointed by the ruler. He can invite to this function any muslim from the entire islamic world (just like the brides are chosen), he only needs the scholar to agree. The assistents (mu'ids) are chosen by the AI from among muslim clerics and judges (qadis) in the realm.
Focus of Madrasa
Each madrasa has focus on one of various scholarly areas
- islamic law (fiqh) - is tied to bonuses in learning, stewardship and legalism and majesty technologies
- exegesis of the Qur'an (tafsir) / philosophy - tied to bonuses in learning and piety and religious customs
- mathematics - tied to bonuses in stewardship and economic technologies
- medicine - bonuses in learning and stewardship and tolerance and military organization technologies
- art of war - bonuses in martial skills and military technologies
- rhetoric - bonuses in diplomacy, noble customs and majesty
Each of the focuses has several event chains tied to the particular type and depending on the character traits of the mudarris. For instance the legal focus will trigger various legal issues with interpretations of the law in vaarious aspects between pure people and nobles, religious minorities, muslims travelling and dying abroad etc. - each of them triggering emotions among the religious class with impact on relations with various types of characters, exegesis and philosophy events would be connected to philosphical disputations and limits of knowledge - again influencing mainly piety and relations with religious characters versus technology advances. Mathematics events would be connected to astronomic an other technical discoveries, medicine is IMHO uite obvious - limits of medicine research and problems it creates with religious class.. rhetoric and art of war are IMHO also quite obvious - disputations on one hand and military advances on the other, each of them causing some possible misconducts.
Madrasa as tool for internal politics
The Madrasa will provide various bonuses to the ruler and/or his capital province depending on Madrasa's focus and traits of the Mudarris.
Generaly, if the Mudarris is Mu'tazilite, the Madrasa adds technology bonuses, but combination of Mu'tazilite Mudarris and law, exegesis/philosophy or medicine causes all islamic clerics (except mu'tazilites) to dislike the ruler (-10 relations, if they are asharite, it would be -20).
OTOH, if the Mudarris is asharite, the Madrasa gives nice piety and prestige bonuses (as well as it adds positive bonuses to all islamic clerics except mu'tazilites)
Madrasa as educational institution
Madrasa will of course work also as educational institution. It would be something between the old educational system and the new one introduced in conclave.
instead of guardian (or education focus, if you have Conclave) each youngling would be sent to some Madrasa and there he/she would learn focus and traits of the Mudarris.
would be very similar with one tiny, but very important difference, which is the appointment of the university head - the rector, and the composition of his team (there would always be at least 3 deans (decanus). The ruler will have no influence on the person of the rector, who will be elected by the body of the deans (from among the deans and other clerics from within the realm).
Each madrasa and university may also have its own prestige (which will depend on the prestige, piety and technology points it provided to its province and it would make it more (or less) attractive for the scholars to accept leadership there.
There also might be some small difference between the schools in shiite and sunni islam, but that will be part of another chapter or discussion.