Ottoman waqfs as acts of citizenship

Held in Trust
Engin Isin
Publication date: 
November 2011
Publication type: 
Book chapter

Isin, E.F. 2011. Ottoman waqfs as acts of citizenship. In Held in trust: Waqf in the Muslim world, ed. Ghazaleh, P, 209-29. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 9789774163937

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, institutional, and practical aspects of waqfs in different regions and communities is necessary for 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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