Madrasah is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Forgotten that is unique to the Saracens and can be researched at the Castle. Once researched, it allows 33% of a Monk's gold cost to be returned to the player's stockpile if the Monk gets killed.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Saracens have access to the full Monastery technology tree, so they have excellent Monks. Madrasah furthers the Monk support since it allows the player to secure some of the gold invested in creating more Monks. Madrasah basically supports the smush since in this rushing tactic the Monks are likely to become the target for the defending player, who will try to kill them in order to stop them converting their units. So if the rush does not succeed or a few Monks are killed in the process, the Saracen player's economy will be less disrupted (as this tactic is costly and usually requires Market interchange of resources). Since each killed Monk returns 33 gold, this technology pays out gold-wise if the player loses 4 or more Monks after researching it.

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, researching Madrasah is 25% faster.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Madrasah means "School" in Arabic, and is written as "مَدرَسةٌ". Before schools, they would teach and educate people about religion and Islam and the Arabic language in Mosques and Monasteries. As much with the lack of connection between the title of the upgrade and its purpose, it could possibly explain the upgrade's relation to monks which were called Imams and would take the role of the teacher.
  • In the Definitive Edition, it is the cheapest unique technology in terms of raw resources. Before that, it was tied with Boiling Oil.
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