Critical assessment of Islamic endowment funds (Waqf) literature: lesson for government and future directions

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Abstract

In this paper, the literature on Islamic endowment funds (awqaf) was surveyed. The data suggest that banking, accountability, law, and norms constitute most of the coverage in this body of literature. The finance topic, with 35% coverage, dominated the literature, whereas history (with 6% coverage) recorded the least interest. In this sample, the second most popular theme was related to economic development (25% coverage). Also discovered was that 59% of the papers employed a normative approach, and the balance adopted an empirical approach. A direct benefit of this study is that it provides input for government policy and directions for future researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere05074
JournalHeliyon
Volume6
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Awqaf
  • Economic development
  • Economic growth
  • Endowment fund
  • Islamic economics
  • Islamic social finance
  • Public economics
  • Religion
  • Research and development
  • Waqf

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