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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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Collection processed by Elena Locascio

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 Firoza Akter, January 22, 2019

Biographical / Historical

Mst. Firoza Akter was born in 1981 in Bangladesh. She moved to Dhaka as a teenager to pursue higher education and married in 2002. She immigrated to the United States to join her husband shortly after the birth of their first child in 2005. They settled in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, where she became involved in both Baitul Mamur Masjid and Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA). With MUNA, she worked to engage youth in their community's cultural and religious traditions; plan community events; and provide social and material assistance to people in need.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Mst. Firoza Akter discusses her family, her childhood in Bangladesh, and moving to Dhaka to pursue higher education as a teenager. She expands on her marriage to her husband, her immigration to the United States, and raising their children in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. She speaks at length about her involvement in East New York's Bangladeshi community and her work with the faith-based community organization Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA). She also talks about Bengali cultural traditions; her Muslim faith; gender roles within East New York's Muslim communities; and her experiences with Sharmin Hoque (interviewed for this collection on December 21, 2018) and her family. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Akter, Firoza
  • Hoque, Sharmin

Subject Organizations

  • Baitul Mamur Masjid and Community Center (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Muslim Ummah of North America

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cultural pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Faith-based human services -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islam -- Customs and practices
  • Islam -- Prayers and devotions
  • Muslim women -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion and ethics
  • Ummah (Islam) -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women in Islam

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.)