waqf

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic وَقْف(waqf).

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /wɑkf/

Noun[edit]

waqf ‎(plural awqaf or waqfs)

  1. An endowment of land, in certain Islamic countries, given over for religious or charitable purposes.
    • 1958-1994, Hamilton Gibb & CF Beckingham, in The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Folio Society 2012, p. 25:
      The qadis in Egypt and Syria administer the waqfs and alms for the benefit of travellers.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 368:
      A small house at the centre of the bazaar dispensed coffee free of charge to the poor at the expense of the waqf, an Ottoman charitable foundation.

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