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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
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 Revised by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated access restrictions.  , April 2019

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Oral History Interview with Maha Attieh, October 8, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Maha Attieh was born in 1958 in Amman, Jordan. She immigrated to the United States in 1981 and raised her five children in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. She began working at the Arab American Family Support Center in 2003 to improve Arab Americans' access to healthcare, particularly among non-English speakers. Her commitment to providing Arab American communities with health and education services also led to her becoming involved with other initiatives in New York City, including the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center community outreach committee; the New York Immigration Coalition; the New York City Language Access Committee; and the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Maha Attieh talks about immigrating to the United States; settling in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn; and raising her five children. She expands on her involvement in her children's education, particularly following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001, and on her son's military service in Iraq. She speaks at length about her work in healthcare with the Arab American Family Support Center. She also touches on Americanization, Islamophobia, and changes she has seen in Arab American communities since settling in Brooklyn. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Attieh, Maha

Subject Organizations

  • Arab American Family Support Center, Inc. (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Americanization
  • Arabs -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Health services accessibility -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islamic religious education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Veterans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women political activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Amman (Jordan)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Midwood (New York, N.Y.)