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Held in TrustWaqf in the Islamic World$
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Pascale Gazaleh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163937

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163937.001.0001

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The Waqf System: Maintenance, Repair, and Upkeep

The Waqf System: Maintenance, Repair, and Upkeep

(p.179) 8 The Waqf System: Maintenance, Repair, and Upkeep
Held in Trust
Dina Ishak Bakhoum
American University in Cairo Press

This chapter introduces the waqf system and its relation to maintenance and repair activities from a historical perspective, using specific examples from the Mamluk period (1250–1517). It alludes briefly to the conflict between the Ministry of Endowments and the Supreme Council of Antiquities with regard to waqf properties, especially those buildings that are registered as historic monuments. It emphasizes the benefits to be gained by scholars and restoration-conservation specialists from the study of waqf documents and guiding principles. More specifically, it highlights the beneficial and valuable ideas that inhere in the traditional system and which can be useful for the protection of the built heritage. It also attempts to demonstrate that the fundamental principles of the waqf system with regard to maintenance and protection of property are in line with many of the current conservation protection laws of the built heritage.

Keywords:   waqf system, Mamluk period, Ministry of Endowments, Supreme Council, waqf documents, conservation protection laws

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