* An early version of this paper was read at the MESA annual Conference, 1994. I wish to thank professors Aharon Layish of the Hebrew University, Jos Igartua of the Universit de Quebec ˆ Montr al and †ner Turgay of McGill University for commenting on earlier versions. 1 For economic history mostly the work of Douglass C. North. See North Thomas, 1973. North expanded his investigation of national economies and economic growth in his ISLAMIC INSTITUTIONS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS: THE CASE OF THE ÔPUBLIC GOODÕ WAQF* BY MAYA SHATZMILLER (University of Western Ontario) Abstract The paper examines the institutional economic performance of the public good waqf with the intent of demonstrating the relevance of institutions to the momentous debate over Islamic backwardness and European progress and the waqf Õs role as supporter of learning institu- tions and promoter of social integration. Through the application of two sets of theoretical paradigms designed for measuring institutional behaviour, property rights and institutional arrangements, to legal cases supplied by fatw¨ s from North Africa and Muslim Spain it will be possible to analyze and evaluate the impact of one of the major institutions of the pre- modern Islamic world on economic progress.
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
Keywords: ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE; INSTITUTIONS; PROPERTY RIGHTS
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