Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2011), pp. 272, isbn 978-977-416-393-7. Held in Trust is a collection of nine articles plus an introduction and a concluding chapter discussing Islamic pious endowments ( waqf s) in the Mediterranean, from Thrace to Morocco from the fourteenth century to the twentieth century and beyond. It originated in a 2005 annual history seminar at the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations of the American University in Cairo, under the aegis of Nelly Hanna. The past few years have seen a growing interest in the history of Islamic charity in general and the waqf system in particular. However, there are still gaps in our knowledge regarding the actual uses of pious foundations by founders and recipients of charitable services alike. This volume contributes to our understanding of specific local institutions on the micro-level, but also to the cognizance of the overall phenomenon of religious endowment in Islam, and its development and change through time and space. The articles, organized chronologically, are written by an international group of scholars working in Egypt, Italy and Turkey. Some are well-known scholars, but there are also new names in the international arena, some
Turkish Historical Review – Brill
Published: Mar 18, 2015
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