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This chapter presents the author’s final conclusions on the study of Islamic institution of pious endowments in al-Andalus by blending three specific aspects: the sources, their contribution and limitations; our knowledge of the inner workings of the institution; and, finally, its role within the context of the Andalusian social formation. The conclusions regarding the study of the management strategies of pious endowments can be divided into two sections: one devoted to those responsible for that function, and another to the legal criteria adopted in this respect. With regard to those in charge, we can assume, in principle, that there is no centralised system, directly controlled by the state. It is, on the contrary, a system of shared responsibilities in which the role of the state is not the determining factor.

Keywords: al-Andalus; Andalusian social formation; Islamic society; pious endowments



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