Toward a second wave of waqf revival in Islamic World

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Journal of King Abdulaziz University, Islamic Economics


© 2018, JKAU: Islamic Econ. The last decade of the twentieth century had shown a clear intellectual effort that target reviving waqf after long decades of disinterest. Two main tendencies dominated contemporary Arabic literature relating to Awqaf; the first focuses on the definition of Waqf, its jurisprudence stipulations, and legal requirements, the second highlightes the role played by Waqf in different aspects; social, cultural and economic levels. However, these roles, as described for instance by Mohammed Mowaffaq Arnaout's paper, were achieved because of a complex social setting where Waqf was a genuine integrated part of the whole Islamic societal system. The successes of waqf roles were mainly accomplished through a specific social structure, where different sub-systems (waqf was one of them) interconnect together to allow a balanced management of the entire Muslim society. Therefore, analyzing the potentials of Waqf, its importance and role in contemporary societies, is in fact strongly correlated to the availability of specific conditions and situations where the essence of waqf could find a proper environment to bloom, so that it is able to produce its social benefits. In that context, a second intellectual revival wave is a necessity to reconsider a waqf fruitful contribution to tackle our diverse social challenges.

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Tarak Abdallah, Zayed UniversityFollow