2. International Waqf Institution Symposium

  • Dates: 13 – 14 Jul, 2019


July 13-14, 2019

Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University 
Istanbul - Turkey  



Poverty refers to the lack of opportunity to improve one’s standard of living. Poverty has not only economic consequences but also social consequences. For this reason, the fight against poverty is done not only in the economic dimension but also in the social dimension. One of the institutions that can make this bidirectional fight against poverty is the waqf institution. 
The waqfs stands as a third sector in addition to the public and the private sector. Thanks to the waqfs, many public services are provided by voluntary organizations. In this way, the public burden is decreasing. On the other hand, social solidarity is increasing. The waqfs have a role in the preservation of social structure due to having a solidarity base. On the basis of this solidarity, there is also alleviating poverty. 

The waqfs, especially in Islamic societies, have established a cooperation mechanism that prevents social outbursts. The fact that Islam is a religion that encourages giving for poor (infaq) enables using waqfs as a tool of fighting against poverty. The collectivistic structure of the waqfs and the features of Islam that giving priority to the interests of the society are almost integrated. Thus, the waqfs became quite common institutions in Islamic world in the history. In fact, even the financial needs of entrepreneurs in the society had been met through the waqfs. 
Perhaps one of the most important economic problems of our time is that economic growth does not provide development. Economic growth has become a concept expressed only by numbers. The decline of people's living standards despite the growth, the gap between the rich and the poor, and the social outbursts are frequent signs of this situation. With this symposium, it will be comprehensively examined how the waqfs should play a role in alleviating poverty. The role of foundations in history will be examined and the contributions they will provide in the modern period will be discussed. 
The symposium will be held on July 13-14, 2018 in İstanbul hosted by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) that works for making Istanbul as finance center of world and the most important institution on Islamic economics and finance in Turkey, and organized by the cooperation of Silk Road Civilizations Research and Application Center and Ankara Yildirim Beyazit Univeristy and Ankara Center for Thought and Research (ADAM). The theme of this year is Waqf and Alleviating Poverty. 

Important Dates

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 June 2019 
Notifications for accepted abstracts: 25 June 2019 
Deadline for full papers: 10 July 2019 
Date of symposium: 13-14 July 2019