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Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World

Pascale Gazaleh


This book contains 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, inst ... More

Keywords: waqfs, Muslim communities, Islamic world, legitimacy, community, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789774163937
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pascale Gazaleh, editor
American University in Cairo