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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 Salima Malik Ahmed, August 30, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Salima Malik Ahmed was born in 1959 in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan. She worked as a teacher on a nearby Air Force base until marrying her husband in 1985. She immigrated to the United States shortly after their marriage, spending a few years in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens before eventually settling in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. She raised her children in the Ahmadiyya community centered around the nearby Masjid Bait ul Tahir, where she also taught religious classes.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Salima Malik Ahmed discusses growing up in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan, including her family, their Ahmadiyya Muslim faith, and her arranged marriage to her husband. She expands on their immigration to the United States, her memories of the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, and raising her children in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. She also speaks at length about her involvement with Masjid Bait Ul Tahir, an Ahmadiyya mosque in Bensonhurst. Interview conducted by Zaheer Ali.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Ahmed, Salima Malik

Subject Organizations

  • Masjid Bait ul Tahir (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Ahmadiyya
  • Arranged marriage -- Pakistan
  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Islam -- Customs and practices
  • Islam -- Prayers and devotions
  • Muslim families
  • Religion and culture -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religious pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women in Islam -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bensonhurst (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Jackson Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Punjab (Pakistan)