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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 Abdul Rehman, May 3, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Abdul Rehman was born in 1944 near Mirpur, Kashmir. He earned a medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. After immigrating to the United States in 1968, he completed his internship at Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and his residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. He practiced internal medicine in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and took on leadership roles within Brooklyn's medical community, including serving as president of the Medical Society of the County of Kings.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Abdul Rehman describes growing up near Mirpur, Kashmir (also considered part of Pakistan), particularly regarding his family and medical education. He expands on his immigration to the United States; settling in Detroit, Michigan and Brooklyn, New York; and growth of Brooklyn's Muslim communities since he arrived. He speaks extensively about practicing medicine in Pakistan, Michigan, and Brooklyn; his research on sickle cell anemia; and his tenure as president of the Medical Society of the County of Kings. He also talks about his marriage to his wife and recites an excerpt of original Urdu poetry. 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

  • Rehman, Abdul

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Hospital Center (Fort Greene, New York, N.Y.)
  • Evangelical Deaconess Hospital (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Medical Society of the County of Kings (Kings County, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Food -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Immigrants -- United States
  • Kashmiri (South Asian people)
  • Marriage -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Medical education
  • Muslim physicians -- United States
  • Religion in the workplace -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Urdu poetry

Subject Places

  • Azad Kashmir (Pakistan)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Pakistan -- Emigration and immigration