Toward the Reform of Private Waqfs

A Comparative Study of Islamic Waqfs and English Trusts


Using a combination of the comparative legal method and hermeneutics, this book reconciles Islamic law with English trust’s law in these two main areas. It does not find it necessary for one legal system to reign supreme over the other, as such solutions will be questioned by the internal subjects of the dominated legal system, undermining the efficacy of this study. Rather, reconciliation is a mutual step to congruence taken by both legal systems. In the area of perpetuities, the book finds that neither Islamic Waqfs must be perpetual, nor common law trusts must have a rule against perpetuities. Regarding ownership theories, the multiplicity of rendered theories in both legal systems presents more than one avenue of reconciliation. Overall, the study finds that private Waqfs and private trusts can be reconciled without undermining the internal hermeneutic standpoints of both legal systems.

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Hamid Harasani, received his Ph.D from King’s College London (2014) and holds degrees in both Islamic law and English law. He has published various articles on comparative law and Islamic law. He is a co-founder of Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he now resides.
All interested in comparative law, Islamic law, Waqf law and the rule against perpetuities.
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