Islamic gift economy vis-à-vis waqf (endowment) as vehicles for social entrepreneurship Online publication date: Sat, 09-Apr-2016
by Thamina Anwar
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE), Vol. 6, No. 4, 2015
Abstract: Social welfare systems in developed countries have responded to the global financial crisis by cutting budgets for welfare services, which has caused an exponential increase in demands on philanthropy and the non-profit sector. Islamic history is rich in philanthropy as charity is advocated as a pivotal part of the religion. Islam provides economic frameworks, instruments and unconventional approaches which can lead to reduced poverty and wealth inequality. This study aims to provide insights how waqf (endowment) can be a vehicle for social entrepreneurship (SE) within the Islamic gift economy (IGE) framework, and proposes a waqf-social entrepreneurship (waqf-SE) model whereby waqf is invested in ventures that provide returns in terms of profit and create social impact.
Online publication date: Sat, 09-Apr-2016
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