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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 Mohammed Fayaz, October 22, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Mohammed Fayaz was born in 1990 in Brooklyn. He was raised in the Jamaica Estates and Middle Village neighborhoods of Queens. As a young adult, he channeled his creativity into art, with a particular focus on depicting people of color. He created early promotional materials for the group Papi Juice, which was founded to celebrate queer and trans people of color, and became one of their core organizers.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Mohammed Fayaz discusses his Muslim Indian family, especially their immigration to the United States; their religious and cultural traditions; and their experiences following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He speaks about his exploration of his culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, and Muslim faith; his development as an artist; and posting his artwork on social media. He elaborates on the promotional artwork and organizing he has done for Papi Juice; the group's focus on creating "intentional spaces" for queer people of color; and his friendships with founders Oscar Nñ and Adam Rhodes. He also talks about his decision to move to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Interview conducted by Zaheer Ali.

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

  • Fayaz, Mohammed
  • Nñ, Oscar
  • Rhodes, Adam

Subject Organizations

  • Papi Juice (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Children of immigrants -- New York (State) -- Queens
  • Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Cultural pluralism -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gender nonconformity -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Intersectionality (Sociology)
  • Islam -- Customs and practices
  • Islamophobia -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Muslim artists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Muslim gays -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Queer culture
  • Queer identity
  • Religion and culture
  • South Asians Americans -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Jamaica (New York, N.Y.)
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)