The Waqf System: Maintenance, Repair, and Upkeep

Edited by Dina Ishak Bakhoum

in Held in Trust

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789774163937
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970924 | DOI:
The Waqf System: Maintenance, Repair, and Upkeep

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This chapter introduces the waqf system and its relation to maintenance and repair activities from a historical perspective, using specific examples from the Mamluk period (1250–1517). It alludes briefly to the conflict between the Ministry of Endowments and the Supreme Council of Antiquities with regard to waqf properties, especially those buildings that are registered as historic monuments. It emphasizes the benefits to be gained by scholars and restoration-conservation specialists from the study of waqf documents and guiding principles. More specifically, it highlights the beneficial and valuable ideas that inhere in the traditional system and which can be useful for the protection of the built heritage. It also attempts to demonstrate that the fundamental principles of the waqf system with regard to maintenance and protection of property are in line with many of the current conservation protection laws of the built heritage.

Keywords: waqf system; Mamluk period; Ministry of Endowments; Supreme Council; waqf documents; conservation protection laws

Chapter.  7041 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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