Abstract

This paper builds on recent research classifying Islamic charitable endowments—the institution of the waqf—into distinct stages of historical and institutional development. It aims to imagine how the waqf might look today.  Throughout Islamic history, the waqf institution changed in form as the community’s material and historical circumstances changed while retaining the substance of its spiritual imperative. What are some of the root causes of poverty in today’s world, and how might the waqf be resuscitated to acknowledge and remedy those causes?

Introduction

Muslim charitable giving today[11]

Two cases of pressing structural poverty in today’s world

Revitalizing the waqf and alleviating the plight of farmworkers

Revitalizing the waqf and diminishing the racial wealth chasm

Conclusion

Notes