Waqf Academy: Introduction

“ For centuries, waqfs  (s: waqf pl:  awqaf / endowments or foundations) were a crucial part of the political, economic, and social history of the Arab and Muslim world. As service providing institutions, waqfs were a major source of education, heath care, and employment. As urban landmarks, they shaped the city and contributed to the upkeep of religious edifices”  (Pascale Ghazaleh in Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World, Cairo,  p1)

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