Maryam Jameelah’s Approach to the Secularism

(An Analytical Study)

  • Muhammad Ali Zafar Head of Islamiyat Dept, Chand Bagh School
Keywords: Maryam Jameela, Secularism, Materialism, Humanism, Western Civilization, Democratic States


Maryam Jameelah (formerly Margret Marcus) was an American convert to Islam. Jameelah as a critic of the West and its ideologies have refuted the Western philosophies of modernism, atheism, secularism and humanism in her writings. Jameelah’s thought is unique in many ways as she contributed a lot in the development of the contemporary Muslim thought about the West. Secularism is the one of the most conspicuous phenomenon of the modern Occident which distinguishes it from the Orient. The discernment of a holistic view of the secularism is essential to understand the modern West, and its impact and contribution in the modern times. This research paper intends to present an analytical study of Maryam Jameelah’s thought of the Secularism.

Author Biography

Muhammad Ali Zafar, Head of Islamiyat Dept, Chand Bagh School

He is currently serving as Head of the department of Islamic Studies at Chand bagh School a renowned boarding school. He is PhD in Islamic studies and has translated the books of Maryam Jameela into urdu who was a converted Muslim and a famous writer.


The introduction of Maryam Jameelah is based upon the researcher’s article, “Appraisal of Maryam Jameelah’s Thought By Contemporary Intelligentsia”, see. Zafar, Muhammad Ali, and Mohy Ud Din Hashmi. "Appraisal Of Maryam Jameelah's Thought By Contemporary Intelligentsia." Jihat al-Islam 9, no. 2 (January 2016): 31-44.

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How to Cite
Zafar, Muhammad Ali. 2023. “Maryam Jameelah’s Approach to the Secularism : (An Analytical Study)”. Al-Az̤vā 37 (58). Pakistan, 51-62.̤vā.v37i58.594.