The Law of Waqf: Origins to Ottoman-Era Maturity

Friday, May 26, 2006 - Sunday, May 28, 2006
Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School

Friday, May 26
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction
    by Frank E. Vogel, Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
  • Johannes Pahlitzsch
    "Is God the Owner? The Issue of Ownership of Foundations in Byzantium and Islam"
  • Alejandro García Sanjuán
    "Stability and Adaptability in the Law of Waqf through the Islamic Jurisprudence from al-Andalus"
  • Miriam Hoexter
    "Interaction of Law and Practice: Exchange of Endowed Property"
  • Q&A and Discussion

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Murteza Bedir
    "The Law of Waqf as Expounded by a Bukharan Jurist: Burhan as-Sharia al-Bukhari (616/1219)"
  • Timothy J. Fitzgerald
    "A New Legal Order: Waqf and the Ottoman Conquest of Aleppo"
  • Babak Rahimi
    "The Isfahani Waqf: A Study of the State Legal-Administration of the Waqf Institutions in the Isfahani Stage of the Safavid Rule, 1590-1629 C.E."
  • Aharon Layish
    "Waqf of Awlad al-Nas in Aleppo at the End of the Mamluk Period as Reflected in a Family Archive"
  • Q&A and Discussion

Saturday, May 27
10:00 am - 12:45 pm

  • Ana Maria Carballeira-Debasa
    "Legal Aspects of Pious Endowments in al-Andalus: Mobility or Immobility of hubs?"
  • Sabine Saliba
    "On the Legal Practices of Christian Waqf: A Case Study of a Convent in Pre-Modern Mount Lebanon"
  • Sükrü Özen
    "Legitimacy of Innovations and Modifications in Waqf Law During the 16th-17th Centuries of the Ottoman Era"
  • Tahsin Ozcan
    "The Legitimization Process of the Cash Foundations: An Analysis of the Application of Islamic Law of Waqf in the Ottoman Society"
  • Q&A and Discussion

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Stefan Knost
    "The Alienation of Waqf Property between Shari`a and Local Custom: A Comparative Study of Ottoman Aleppo, Damascus and Jerusalem (18th c.)"
  • Randi Deguilhem
    "Regulating Waqf Wealth: Shari`a, Customary Law and Family Waqf Revenues. Fatwas and Court Cases from 18th-Century Damascus"
  • Musa Sroor
    "The Khulû Contract and the Privatization of Waqf Property in Jerusalem During the 18th Century"
  • Pascale Ghazaleh
    "Waqf on Rights: An Examination of Merchant Waqfs in Early 19th-Century Cairo"
  • Q&A and Discussion

Sunday, May 28
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Syed Khalid Rashid
    "Analyzing the Level of Maturity Attained by the Law of Waqf in Mughal India as Shown in the Fatawa al-Alamgiriyya"
  • Christoph Werner
    "Legal Handbooks and Court Verdicts: The Application of Waqf Law in Qajar Iran"
  • Q&A and Discussion
  • Summing-Up
    by Randi Deguilhem, CNRS/IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence

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