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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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Oral History Interview with Sharmin Hoque, December 21, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Sharmin Hoque was born in 1994 in Noakhali, Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1999. She was raised in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. After earning her bachelor of the sciences in public health from Long Island University and her master of public health in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University, she focused on improving New Yorkers' access to mental health services through her work as a research coordinator at NYU Langone and as the vice president of Muslims Thrive.

Scope and Contents

Sharmin Hoque discusses her family; her upbringing in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens; and her impressions of Baitul Mamur Masjid and Masjid Al-Aman, both located in East New York. She speaks extensively about studying public health at Long Island University and Columbia University; her work as a research coordinator at NYU Langone and as the vice president of Muslims Thrive to improve access to mental health services for Bangladeshi and Muslim New Yorkers; and her observations about the intersections between race, religion, and mental health. She also talks about her marriage to her husband; her faith; her experiences with racial profiling and Islamophobia; and her thoughts about gender roles within Muslim communities. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Hoque, Sharmin

Subject Organizations

  • Baitul Mamur Masjid and Community Center (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Columbia University
  • Long Island University
  • Masjid Al-Aman (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Muslims Thrive (New York, N.Y.)
  • NYU Langone Medical Center

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islam -- Prayers and devotions
  • Medicine -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Mental health -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Mental health services -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Patient education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police-community relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public health personnel -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women in Islam -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • Ozone Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)