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Waqf Workshop 2016

December 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Waqf  is a charitable endowment contributed by an individual to provide services to the community. The endowment is usually in the form of property, house or land, but over Islamic history there has been a range and diversity of awqaf. While the purpose was to provide communities with needed services, various periods have seen shifts in the organization and administration of waqf and hence also the directions in which the income from endowed property has been spent. The donor of waqf, generally speaking, looked for thawab, or heavenly recognition for the act of philanthropy. At the same time foundations played important political, financial, cultural and social roles

Georgetown University in Qatar is hosting a workshop from Devcember 4th – 5th to bring on discussion of the origins and transformations experienced by this institution over the centuries. Presentations and discussions will take up the social value of waqf endowments, and an analysis of state-society relations and relations of power as administration of waqf shifts from a legal system organically linked and serving communities, to control by centralized states with governing infra-structures.

Questions to be raised include periodizing waqf and the types of waqf that appear during specific periods and places in Islamic history; changes in types of waqf and how they are related to social transformations; administration of waqf, income and expenditures and relations of waqf to society and state-power; finally, the administration of waqf and the clerical role.

Day 1 – December 4th
9:00 am Introduction – Amira Sonbol, GU-Q
9:15 am  Tracing Waqf: A Linguistic Approach – Yehia Mohammed, GU-Q
10:00 am Waqf as a Pillar in Constructing Non-Profit Organizations– Munzer Kahf, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies
10:45 am From Destruction to Restoration – Islamic Waqfs in Malaysia and Turkey – Murat Cizakça, Karatay University, Turkey
11:30 am     Coffee Break 
11:45 am Madrasa, University, and College: Educational Foundations in the Muslim World and Europe – Thomas Michel, Institute                                       for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, Italy
12:30 pm Vicarious Charity and Common Good. “Public” Foundations in the Medieval West – Tillmann Lohse, Humboldt University of Berlin
1:15 pm       Lunch Break 
2:15 pm Transregional Comparison of the Waqf in the Premodern times: Japan, China and Syria – Toru Miura, Ochanomizu                                              University, Japan
3:00 pm  Responsibility of the Supreme Religious Authority in front of Legal Jurisdiction – Mohammed Nokkari, St. Joseph                                                  University in Beirut
 3:45 pm  Waqf between Civil Society Flexibility and State Centralized System – Ibrahim Ghanem, National Center for Social and Criminal Research, Egypt


4:30 pm            Wrap up Day 1


Day 2 – December 5th
9:30 am Transformation in the Social Value of Waqf Endowments: From An Individual Decision Making Tool to State and Transnational Control
Randi Deguilhem, National Institute of Scientific Research (CNRS) in France
10:15 am From Sarajevo to Doha: Women’s Waqf between the past and the present
Muhammad Al Arnaout, World Islamic Science & Education University in Amman, Jordan
11:00 am Women as Nazira of Waqf
Ramadan El Khouly, Qatar Foundation
11:45 am   Coffee Break
12:00 pm Historical Sources of Waqf and Analysis of its Documents
Mahmoud Zaki, GU-Q
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm Introduction to Tracing Waqf Website
2:00 pm Brainstorming session
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm  Discussion and interviewing for the website
4:00 pm      Closing remarks




December 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am
December 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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