In this pioneering work Siraj Sait and Hilary Lim address Islamic property and land rights, drawing on a range of socio-historical, classical and contemporary resources. They address the significance of Islamic theories of property and Islamic land tenure regimes on the 'webs of tenure' prevalent in the Muslim societies. They consider the possibility of using Islamic legal and human rights systems for the development of inclusive, pro-poor approaches to land rights. They also focus on Muslim women's rights to property and inheritance systems.
Engaging with institutions such as the Islamic endowment (waqf) and principles of Islamic microfinance, they test the workability of 'authentic' Islamic proposals. Located in human rights as well as Islamic debates, this study offers a well researched and constructive appraisal of property and land rights in the Muslim world.
Siraj Sait has been a consultant for the UNHCR, UNICEF and UN-HABITAT. He has been closely associated with several NGOs, as a consultant for Minority Rights Group and as a trustee of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. He is currently Legal Officer, Land and Tenure Section, Shelter Branch, UN-HABITAT. Hilary Lim is a Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of East London, where she teaches land law, equity and trusts and child law.
Foreword - Anna Tibaijuka 1. Researching Islam, Land and Property 2. Islamic Law, Land and Methodology 3. Islamic Land Tenures and Reform 4. Islam, Human Rights and Land 5. Inheritance Laws and Systems 6. Muslim Women and Property 7. The WAQF (Endowment ) and Islamic Philanthropy 8. Islamic Credit and Microcredit