Private Sector Provision of Welfare in Early Islam: the Waqf – Benedikt Koehler

By Benedikt Koehler Abstract  Waqfs have been a distinctive feature of welfare provision in Islamic societies for many centuries.   However, there is a common perception that waqfs were not conceived during the lifetime of   Muhammad. A recent study of Islamic institutional history, for example, asserted waqfs were an   “institutional choice, which appears to have been…