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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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

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Oral History Interview with Amer Abdelrasoul, March 20, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Amer Abdelrasoul was born in 1991 in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. He attended the Al-Noor School before moving to Palestine for high school. After returning to Brooklyn, he married his wife and co-founded the Freedom Dabka Group, which performs the traditional Arab dabka folk dance.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Amer Abdelrasoul discusses his experiences growing up as a Palestinian American, including attending elementary school at the Al-Noor School in Brooklyn and high school in Palestine. He also talks extensively about his involvement in dabka dance, especially regarding his founding of and continued involvement with the Freedom Dabka Group. In addition, he touches on his cultural and religious values, his arranged marriage to his wife, and the conflict he feels between traditional Muslim teachings and his passion for dance. 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

  • Abdelrasoul, Amer

Subject Organizations

  • Al-Noor School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Freedom Dabka Group

Subject Topics

  • Arranged marriage -- United States
  • Children of immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Folk dancing, Arab -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islam and the performing arts -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Muslim families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Palestinian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Israel
  • Palestine