Fonds PS-IRHRI/Waqf - Waqf's Inheritance Section (Qism Ihya' al-Turath wa al-Buhûsil Islâmiye), selection of 41 files related to the Moghrabi neighborhood

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Waqf's Inheritance Section (Qism Ihya' al-Turath wa al-Buhûsil Islâmiye), selection of 41 files related to the Moghrabi neighborhood


  • 1842-01-01-1967-12-31 (Creation)

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Global extent: 1 million and a half; 41 selected and described files (668 pages)

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(From 1845)

Administrative history

In Jerusalem, there was a Directorate of Awqâf (Awqaf Müdiriyeti) for the late Ottoman period, namely after Tanzimat (promulgated in 1839). But the Ministry of Awqâf in Istanbul was established in 1826. This application implemented by the central authority was also followed by the local administrations. Then, for the British Mandate and Jordanian periods there were two divisions in Awqâf administration : one was the General Directorate of Awqâf and the other was the Jerusalem Awqâf Administration.

The Department of the Waqf in Jerusalem charged with handling the question of Waqf properties was founded in 1264 H/1845 CE.

In the British Mandatory period these official functions were taken on by a specially created body known as the Supreme Muslim Council. After 1948, the SMC was replaced by the Jordanian government with a body that became known as the Awqaf Administration.

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In the Waqf Inheritance section, the number of documents approaches a million and a half; as well there are 2,500 manuscripts covering various subjects, including religion, philosophy, Arabic language, history and so on. Among them, the Open Jerusalem team selected a body of 41 files (totalizing 668 pages) issued by the Jerusalem Awqâf administration and related to Moghrabi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Note : the spelling is “Mograbi” from Arabic to English, and “Maghariba” from Ottoman Turkish to English.

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Subject to the authorization of the Islamic Research and Heritage Revival Institute in Abu-Dis (IRHRI).

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Şerife Eroğlu Memiş, “Appointment Registers as Archival Sources for Waqf Studies between Ottomanization and Local Networks: The Case of the Waqfs of Magharibah Neighborhood”, Proceedings of Open Jerusalem International Symposium “Revealing Ordinary Jerusalem (1840-1940), New Archives and Perspectives on Urban Citizenship and Global Entanglements” (ERC, Forth), Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno, Greece, May 2016, forthcoming.

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Musa Sroor, "Jerusalem’s Islamic Archives, Sources for the question of the Waqf in the Ottoman period", in Jerusalem Quarterly 22/23, p. 80-85.

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ISAD(G), Second Edition, Ottawa 2000.


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Catalogue prepared in 2017; revised on September 2019




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Inventory of a selection of 41 items from the Waqf's Inheritance Section (Qism Ihya' al-Turath) related to the Moghrabi neighborhood (1842-1967), held by the Islamic Research and Heritage Revival Institute (Abu Dis), made and translated by Şerife Eroğlu Memiş, 2017.

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