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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 Misba Abdin, December 17, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Misba Abdin was born in 1969 in Beanibazar, Bangladesh. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1982 and settled in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Shortly after arriving, he organized a series of local soccer tournaments called the Bangladesh Football Federation (later renamed to Bangladesh Sports Council). He married his wife in 1995 and later founded the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS) in East New York in 2011.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Misa Abdin discusses his family; his life in Beanibazar, Bangladesh; and his immigration to the United States. He expands on his experiences in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn over the years, including his organizing a local series of soccer tournaments called the Bangladesh Football Federation (later renamed the Bangladesh Sports Council); his ongoing involvement with the local mosque his father co-founded, Masjid Al-Aman; and his founding the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS). He also speaks about his encounters with violent crime and the New York City Police Department; Islamophobia; and racism. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Abdin, Misba

Subject Organizations

  • Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Bangladeshi Sports Council (New York, N.Y.)
  • Masjid Al-Aman (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.). Police Department

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community organization -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cultural pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Hate crimes -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islamophobia -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police-community relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Racial profiling in law enforcement -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religious pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Social service -- New York (State) -- Kings County