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The waqf of Ustad \Abbas – rewrites of the deeds in Qajar


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No one can deny that a waqf document is one of the most important sources on

the social history of the Islamic world. This is also true of the history of Qajar

Iran, although it had been neglected until quite recently. Waqf influenced the

urban development of Tehran that had only become the capital under the Qajars;

many new buildings such as Masjid-i Shah (Masjid-i Imam), Madrasah-|i Marvi, Madrasah-i Sepahsalar (Madrasah-i Muttahari) were financed through the waqf

system. Religious ceremonies of the people like ta\ziyah (the mourning ceremony on behalf of Imam Husayn) were also supported by waqfs.2 Moreover,

a considerable number of the surviving documents will make it possible to

rewrite social history of the period.3