2nd International Waqf Institution Symposium










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 May 2019

Notifications for accepted abstracts:

30 May 2019

Deadline for full papers:

15 June 2019

Date of symposium:

13-14 July 2019


The subjects of the symposium is determined within the framework of the following topics and is not restricted.

o   Waqfs as a third sector

o   History of waqfs and alleviating poverty

o   Waqfs as a tool of decreasing income inequality

o   Contributions of waqfs to economic development

o   The role of waqfs in the protection of social structure

o   Impacts of waqfs in the alleviating poverty

o   Dimensions of inequality

o   Waqfs and preventing social explosions

o   Role of waqfs in fair income distribution

o   Social policies and waqfs

o   Sustainable economic development and waqfs

o   Waqfs and Achieving quality and lifelong learning opportunities for everyone on an equal level

o   Waqfs and micro finance / cash waqfs

o   Role of waqfs in social assistance and hospices

o   Infaq, sadaqa, waqf, zakat and alleviating poverty

o   Services of waqfs for alleviating poverty

o   A comparison between other charities and waqfs in alleviating poverty

o   Waqfs and development policies

o   International assistance activities of waqfs

o   Role of waqfs for solving economic issues of modern Ottoman geography


Publication Oppurtunities

The abstract of the papers submitted to the symposium will be included in the abstract book. In addition, the full papers will be published in the book titled as “Waqfs and Alleviating Poverty” by IZU and ADAM, or in the international peer-review academic journals: ADAM ACADEMY Journal of Social Sciences and Journal of Islamic Economics and Finance after referee evaluation process.


Submitting Proposals and Evaluation

Participation and submitting proposals to the symposium will be made via waqfsymposium@gmail.com. All submitted studies will be examined by the Scientific Committee and positive or negative notifications will be sent to the applications. The study that you submitted must have been previously unpresented and unpublished. The submission should include an abstract both in Turkish, English and Arabic (English abstract is required for both Turkish and Arabic submissions), briefly and laconically expressing the subject, in maximum 200-250 words. There should be no reference to used sources, figure and chart numbers. Names and lastnames, the institution the author is associated with, her/his contact and e-mail addresses should also be specified.


Transportation and Accommodation

Symposium will be held at the Halkalı Campus of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University. Participants will meet their own transportation costs. Authors of selected papers who will attend from outside of Istanbul will be provided accommodation in the guest house of IZU.

Address: Halkali Cad. No: 2 Halkali 34303 Kucukcekmece / Istanbul / Turkey