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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 Zein Rimawi, March 13, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Zein Rimawi was born in 1954 near the city of Jerusalem during a period of changing political boundaries. After studying engineering in Lebanon and East Germany, he immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. He settled in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn and he co-founded both the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and the Al-Noor School, the latter of which his children attended.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Zein Rimawi discusses growing up in a village near Jerusalem, studying engineering in East Germany, and then immigrating to the United States. He addresses his personal experiences with cultural assimilation in East Germany and in the United States, and also speaks extensively about the importance of voting and political activism within his community. In addition, he touches on the value of interfaith celebrations, his relationships with his children, and his personal philosophy regarding work and charity. 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

  • El-Yateem, Khader
  • Rimawi, Zein

Subject Organizations

  • Al-Noor School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Islamic Center of Bay Ridge (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cultural pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islamic religious education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Israel-Arab War, 1967
  • Muslims -- Suffrage -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Palestinian Arabs -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Political activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bay Ridge (New York, N.Y)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Germany (East)
  • Israel
  • Palestine