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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 Mohammed Hashem, May 10, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Mohammed Hashem was born in 1957 in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). He immigrated to the United States as a young man and settled in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. He pursued work in the construction industry, eventually starting his own company. He also co-founded the Bangladesh Muslim Center and Islamic School, where he served as the board's treasurer, secretary, and president.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Mohammed Hashem discusses his experiences with the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn's Bangladeshi community, including his co-founding and continued involvement with the growing Bangladesh Muslim Center and Islamic School; the benefits of the community's positive relationships with other local religious groups, elected officials, and law enforcement; and the role of traditional food in facilitating social relationships. He also speaks about his immediate and extended family, many of whom have also settled in Kensington. In addition, Hashem talks about the social and political state of modern Bangladesh as well as his memories of living in Bangladesh during the Bangladesh Independence War in 1971. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Hashem, Mohammed

Subject Organizations

  • Bangladesh Muslim Center and Islamic School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cultural pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Food -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islamic education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police-community relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Political activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh -- History -- Revolution, 1971
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kensington (New York, N.Y.)