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Religious Practices: Waqf: Overview
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Muslim women have played a major role in creating awqāf (sing. waqf, called ḥubus in North Africa), endowments for charitable or family purposes. Waqf is thus one of the basic sites where Muslim women's socioeconomic and political history can be investigated. Women's waqf reflects a Muslim woman's economic right in Sharīʿa law to own and dispose of her property. This right has allowed Muslim women throughout Islamic history to endow money and property in order to construct, support, and maintain religious and charitable foundations. For…

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Abul-Magd, Zeinab A., “Religious Practices: Waqf: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0618a>
First published online: 2009

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