, one of many Arabic words used to express the concept of “gift”, and the preferred legal term for it, see following article.
The giving of gifts, that is, the voluntary transfer of property, serves material and psychological purposes. In the pre-history of man, it probably antedates the contractual payment for goods and services. In Islam, it has retained its inherited functions as an important component of the social fabric and has exercise…
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Busse, H. and
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs.
Consulted online on 04 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0282>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007