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The organisation of mosques and the role of Pious endowments

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Investigating the upkeep and sources of income of mosques is, obviously, a daunting undertaking. This chapter presents a brief introduction to the subject and later focuses on pious endowments in particular as one of the - albeit not the only - sources of funding of mosques. Ibn ʿAbdūn’s Risāla is perhaps the source that best reflects the variety of sources of funding available to mosques. In al-Andalus, the prevalence of donations made in favour of mosques is indisputable. With regard to this, it is important to stress the fact that, in spite of their different origins and chronology, there is a remarkable harmony between the two main sources of our study, the Islamic jurisprudence and the Christian books of habices, which both coincide, in different ways, to underline that prevalence.

Keywords: al-Andalus; donations; Ibn ʿAbdūn; Islamic jurisprudence; mosques; pious endowments; Risāla



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