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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 Kobir Chowdhury, January 10, 2019

Biographical / Historical

Kobir Chowdhury was born in 1974 in the Sylhet District in Bangladesh. He immigrated to the United States in 1991 and settled in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. He worked in real estate and banking after arriving in New York. He also attended Masjid Al-Aman in East New York and began to take on leadership roles in the mosque in the 2010s, including serving as an advisor to the executive committee and as the president of the mosque's board.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Kobir Chowdhury discusses his childhood in Bangladesh; leaving his family behind when he immigrated to the United States alone as a teenager; and settling in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. He expands on his work in the service industry, real estate, and banking after arriving in New York; his continued ties to his home village in the Sylhet District in Bangladesh; and his involvement with Masjid Al-Aman in East New York. He also talks about his Muslim faith, his marriage to his wife, and raising their son. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available starting in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Chowdhury, Kobir

Subject Organizations

  • Masjid Al-Aman (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Child rearing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Faith-based human services -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Islamic religious education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion and ethics
  • Religion in the workplace -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Real estate investment -- 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.)
  • Sylhet District (Bangladesh)