Muslim Endowments and Society in British India

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2008 - History - 228 pages
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Dr Kozlowski's important study pioneers a fresh approach to the study of a critical Muslim institution: the endowments or awqaf which almost everywhere in the Islamic world provide support for mosques, schools and shrines. The wealthier Muslims who establish endowments inevitably have an eye on social, political and economic conditions and have traditionally used awqaf as part of an effort to preserve their wealth and influence, especially in periods of change and uncertainty. The book focuses on the use of endowments by Muslims suffering the dislocations caused by the imposition of British rule in India and examines in detail the social and political implications of the controversy over endowments that took place in the imperial courts and councils. The author's observations and insights can be applied to many periods and places in the Muslim world and his novel approach will attract all those interested in the study of Islam.
 

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Contents

Endowments in Muslim history an overview
10
Muslim endowments and the temporal order in British
41
Endowments and the faith
60
The unsettling of endowments
79
Creating a law of Muslim endowments
96
Muslim endowments and the politics of religious law
156
Conclusion
192
Index
209
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