The madrasa of Abu-al-Fawaris, located in the small village of Ma'arat al-Nu'man, was built in 1199 by the same architect who designed the nearby Great Mosque, Hassan Ben Mukri al-Sarman. The madrasa was built to serve the local Muslims of the Shafi tradition.
The main entrance to the building is located on the eastern facade. The madrasa is organized by the various functions that occupy each side of the building: the prayer hall with an iwan to the south, and the tomb of the founder to the north.
Burns, Ross. Monuments of Syria., 146-147. London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd., 1992.