The Maryam Jameelah Papers include the correspondence, fiction, and academic writings of Maryam Jameelah, (nee Margaret Marcus), an American Jew who, after her conversion to Islam, emigrated to Pakistan and resides there still. Her correspondence and writings tell of her troubled youth, her interest in Palestinian life and literature, her sympathy for displaced Palestinians after the formation of modern Israel, her correspondence with Pakistani mentor Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maudoodi, her conversion to Islam, and her subsequent emigration and life in Pakistan. Later essays include book reviews of other Islamic authors and essays discussing Islamic life and culture.
Biographical/historical: 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.