Mercury News CES Blog, CA 06-29-07 More Intel reseach day: How to integrate computers into a Koran school in Morocco By Dean Takahashi Intel teamed up with Hsain Ilahaine of Iowa State University to study Islamic religious schools, dubbed “madrasas,” in Morocco. He said they are looking at the tradition of “waqf,” an Islamic charity funded by donations so that it can play a major economic role in a community. These charities fund places such as schools or hospitals. Ilahaine said that Intel is studying these institutions and the madrasas themselves to determine whether they could be used to fund computer purchases. At the more than 700 madrasas in Morocco, students memorize the Koran and are not allowed to watch TV or otherwise entertain themselves. But Ilahaine said that the school oversees where he visited are aware of how technology can be used for any educational purposes. Ilahaine said that Classmate PCs — Intel’s low-cost computers for the developing world — might be introduced to the schools via the charitable institutions.