Tag: Egypt

Quran Waqf

Quran Waqf

A royal waqf on Mushaf (Quran) of two volumes by Mamluk Sultan Shaban to be kept in his school he established in Cairo. The waqf statement was written in a full page of the beginning of each volume. It stated that the mushaf is for reading and other benefits and that it should not get out the school except with…

Read More

Waqf for War Prisoners Ransom

Waqf for War Prisoners Ransom

This waqf known by the Date House is for one service: paying ransoms of any war captives. The waqf was donated by al-Qadi al-Fadil Abdul Rahim al-Bisani, Saladin’s minister (died 556 H / 1199). It consisted of a big number of storehouses, houses, shops, and other properties that was rented and generating revenues.  Origin: Egypt – 6th cen. H /…

Read More

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone, written in three languages, helped unlock hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt and opened their world to us. In the form of a rock stele, found in 1799, it dates from 196 BC during the Graeco-Roman period in Egypt and contains a decree of King Ptolemy V which includes endowments made by the King to various constituents of the…

Read More

A manumitted slave-woman deeds land to her freed women slaves

A manumitted slave-woman deeds land to her freed women slaves

Origin: Egypt – 1282 H. /1866                 Source: National Archives of Egypt Description: Women as beneficiaries and as establishers of waqf: this was common practice from major buildings like madrasas, mausoleums and mosques, smaller waifs to benefit communities and small waqfs to benefit family and poor. In this document, a manumitted slave-woman deeds land to three of her freed women slaves…

Read More