The construction of 100 new madrasa
s in Damascus reflected the desire of the Atabeg
and Ayyubid dynasties to change and educate society. Both male and female members of the Turkish and Kurdish elite sponsored the madrasa
s and participated in nourishing the rich educational atmosphere within them. In his History of Damascus
, the historian Ibn
‘Asakir (d. 571 / 1176) expressed gratitude for his teachers, counting 80 women among them.