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HOLLIS 8043676

Wakin, Jeanette Ann. Papers, 1966-1998: Finding Aid

Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138


Harvard Law School

© 2003 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Summary Information

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 8043676
Creator: Jeanette A. Wakin
Title: Papers, 1966-1998
Quantity: 21 boxes
Abstract: Wakin's papers are comprised of research and teaching materials including material pertaining to Wakin's study and translation of a twelfth- and thirteenth-century work on Islamic jurisprudence and legal methodology, the Rawdat al-Nazir wa-Jannat al Munazir, by Muwaffaq al-Din Ibn Qudama al-Makdisi. Wakin's translation is unfinished. Also included is material relating to Wakin's dissertation, and later monograph, on notorial documents --the chapters on sales form Tahawi's Kitab Al-shurut Al-Kabir (Documents in Islamic law). The collection also contains photocopies of many as of yet not identified Arabic manuscripts. These are labeled "unidentified" in the inventory.

Processing Information:

Processed by David M. Read, 1999

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Daniel Wakin (son) October 31, 1998
Professor Roy Mottahedah, Harvard University FAS selected material from Wakin's files which he thought was worth preserving.

Access Restrictions:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Use Restrictions:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Scope and Content

The papers of Jeanette Wakin span the years ca. 1966 - 1998. (Wakin's research and teaching materials are undated and most likely go back to her work as Instructor at Columbia beginning in 1966. The bulk of the collection is comprised of notes and course materials pertaining to Wakin's research interests and courses taught at Columbia.
Wakin's researched focuses on the study and translation of Medieval Islamic legal documents. The papers include material pertaining to her study and translation of a 12 th to 13 th century comprehensive two-volume work on jurisprudence and legal methodology, the Rawdat al-Nazir wa-Jannat al-Munazir, by Muwaffaq al-Din Ibn Qudama al-Makdisi, the foremost representative of Hanbali Islam. This project remains unfinished. The papers also hold material pertaining to Wakin's dissertation, and later monograph on notorial documents (the chapters on sales from Tahawi's Kitab Al-shurut Al-Kabir, Documents in Islamic Law). This work is considered a model of scholarship on Islamic Law.
Over her 32 years at Columbia Wakin taught courses which included Islamic Law, The Qur'an and its Interpretation, Sexual Ethics and the Family in Islamic Law, Colloquium on Comparative Religion, Seminar on Islamic legal texts, Islamic civilization, and Elementary and Intermediate Arabic. Course materials and class notes pertaining to many of these classes are included in these papers.
Included in this collection are photocopies of many Arabic Manuscripts (MSS). The bibliographic information pertaining to these manuscripts has yet to be translated. These mss are labeled "unidentified" in the finding aid
The first six boxes of the collection are correspondence and materials related to Wakin's role as Associate editor for Islam and the Near East, of the Journal of the American Oriental Society (JAOS).

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Historical/Biographical Information


Additional Index Terms

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
al-Tahawi, Abu Jafar Ahmad ibn Muhammad, d 852?-933.
Ibn Hanbal, Ahmad ibn Muhammad, d 780-855.
Ibn Qudamah, Muwaffaq al-Din Abd Allah ibn Ahmad, d 1147-1223.
Islamic law.
Islamic law --Study and teaching.
Domestic relations (Islamic law)
Kitab al-shurut al-kabir.
Women --Legal status, laws, etc. (Islamic law)
Journal of the American Oriental Society.
American Oriental Society.


Folder titles written within quotation marks have been taken directly from the original folder labels.