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Maryam Jameelah papers

Title
Maryam Jameelah papers, 1945-2005.
Author
Maryam Jameelah, 1934-2012.
Supplementary Content
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Additional Authors
Maudoodi, Syed Abul ʻAla, 1903-1979.
Description
2.5 linear feet (9 boxes).
Subject
Genre/Form
  • Illustrations.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Photographs.
  • Sketches.
  • Video recordings.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • The bulk of Jameelah's letters to family members have been published in her memoirs under the titles Quest for the Truth: Memoirs of Childhood and Youth in America, 1945-1962; and Memories of Childhood and Youth in America, 1945-1962.
Biography (note)
  • Maryam Jameelah, born Margaret Marcus in 1934, is an American convert from Judaism to Islam and the author of many works on Islamic history and culture.
Language (note)
  • Letters from Maudoodi in Arabic with English translations.
Call Number
MssCol 1545
Author
Maryam Jameelah, 1934-2012.
Title
Maryam Jameelah papers, 1945-2005.
Additional Formats
The bulk of Jameelah's letters to family members have been published in her memoirs under the titles Quest for the Truth: Memoirs of Childhood and Youth in America, 1945-1962; and Memories of Childhood and Youth in America, 1945-1962.
Editions of correspondence with Syed Abul 'Ala Maudoodi published as Maudoodi, Syed Abul 'Ala, Correspondence between Maulana Maudoodi and Maryam Jameela; available in the Asian and Middle Eastern Division, New York Public Library.
First published edition of Ahmad Khalil available in the General Research Division, New York Public Library; JFC 76-3010
Summary
The Maryam Jameelah papers include correspondence, fiction and academic writings, artwork, photographs and video recordings reflecting her search for identity in her youth, her conversion to Islam, her emigration to Pakistan and her life there, and her interest in Palestinian life and literature. Published and unpublished correspondence include Jameelah's letters to her parents and family members, and letters to and from her mentor Syed Abul 'Ala Maudoodi. Writings include manuscript and typescript versions of Ahmad Khalil, her novel about a Palestinian refugee family, and non-fiction works, including articles, bibliographies and book reviews. Also present are Jameelah's illustrations for Ahmad Khalil and other artwork; video recordings of an interview with Jameelah and a family visit to the United States; and family photographs.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Maryam Jameelah, born Margaret Marcus in 1934, is an American convert from Judaism to Islam and the author of many works on Islamic history and culture. Jameelah was born and raised in Westchester County, New York and converted to Islam prior to her emigration to Pakistan in 1962, where she subsequently married Mohammad Yusuf Khan.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Language
Letters from Maudoodi in Arabic with English translations.
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Occupation
Authors.
Added Author
Maudoodi, Syed Abul ʻAla, 1903-1979.
Research Call Number
MssCol 1545
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