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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
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated access restrictions.  , April 2019

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Oral History Interview with Idris Braithwaite, July 7, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Idris Braithwaite was born in 1971 in Brooklyn. He had a strong interest in dance and music from a young age, including attending his father's music rehearsals and working as a DJ. As an adult, he served on the Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District Board, founded the non-profit Aunt and Uncle Youth Employment Services, and took over management of Abu's Homestyle Bakery (originally known as Abu Baker's Bakery) in 2011 from his father, Idris Conry (interviewed for this collection on June 21, 2018).

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Idris Braithwaite discusses his childhood in Brooklyn, being raised in a Muslim household following his parents' conversion to Islam from Christianity, and his approach to educating his own children about Islam. He also talks about his relationship with his African American and Muslim identities, including the distinction he draws between Muslim beliefs and Arab culture. In addition, he speaks extensively about his father's founding of Abu Baker's Bakery (now known as Abu's Homestyle Bakery) in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2001 and his own management of the bakery starting in 2011, especially regarding the bakery's focus on bean pies and their significance to the Muslim African American community. Interview conducted by Zaheer Ali.

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

  • Braithwaite, Idris
  • Conry, Idris

Subject Organizations

  • Abu's Homestyle Bakery (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • African American cooking
  • African American Muslims -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Bakeries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Clothing and dress -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Family-owned business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Food -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Islam -- Customs and practices
  • Islamic religious education
  • Music -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Muslim families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion and ethics
  • Small business marketing -- New York (State) -- Kings County