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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Yasmin Dwedar, 2014 March 20

Biographical note

Yasmin Dwedar was born to a Filipino Catholic mother and an Egyptian Muslim father and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Dwedar received a B.A. in English language arts from Hunter College, an M.A. in international studies from the Graduate Center at City University of New York, and a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, all located in New York City. She worked as a lawyer in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Dwedar discusses her ethnic and religious identities; educational experiences; parents' courtship and marriage; mother's conversion to Islam; family visits to Egypt; and experiences with Islamophobia in high school. Interview conducted by Amna Ahmad.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Conversion -- Islam
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Egyptians -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Female circumcision
  • Filipinos -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Interfaith families
  • Islamophobia
  • Lawyers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Muslims -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Bay Ridge (New York, N.Y)
  • Egypt
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration