Journals Higher Education

$29.50

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15 December 2011

272 Pages | 10 illustrations

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9789774163937


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Waqf in the Islamic World

Edited by Pascale Gazaleh

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

New studies examining the religious endowments that have historically played a variety of important roles in Muslim communities

Waqfs (pious endowments) long held a crucial place in the political, economic, and social life of the Islamic world. Waqfs were major sources of education, health care, and employment; they shaped the city and contributed to the upkeep of religious edifices. They constituted a major resource, and their status was at stake in repeated struggles to impose competing definitions of legitimacy and community. Closer examination of the diverse legal, institutional, and practical aspects of waqfs in different regions and communities is necessary to a deeper understanding of their dynamism and resilience. This volume, which evolved from papers delivered at the 2005 American University in Cairo Annual History Seminar, offers a meticulous set of studies that fills a gap in our knowledge of waqf and its uses.

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