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Religious Practices: Waqf: Arab States
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The experiences of women are an important topic of discussion within the growing field of waqf studies. As an institution of Islamic law, the waqf is understood as the irrevocable and perpetual sequestration of a preferably immovable and income-producing property, rendering it thus inalienable, the profits of which are distributed following the wishes of the endower to purposes that are considered pleasing to God (qurba). Endowers had to be of age, free (as opposed to slaves), sound of mind and body, and the actual owners of the property they endowed, but ge…

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Meier, Astrid, “Religious Practices: Waqf: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0618b>
First published online: 2009

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