In Cairo at the anciem academy of El Azhar 1,500 students are taught the doctrines of the Koran, the Moslem Bible. The studente sit cross-legged n groupe of from four to eight, with a Ulama, or teacher, in their midst. Exercise books are seldom eniployed, but occasionally a student makes a note with a reed on a slate, which is held in the left hand. The necessary outfit consists only of a rug, a copy of the Koran, and a low stand. Each pupil learns hie lesson aloud, and the air is full of the most distracting noises, that may be heard at a great distance. The Koran alone is taught in these schools, the pupils being quite ignorant pf mathematics, history or the sciences.