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Oral History Interview with Maha Attieh

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Maha Attieh talks about immigrating to the United States; settling in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn; and raising her five children. She expands on her involvement in her children's education, particularly following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001, and on her son's military service in Iraq. She speaks at length about her work in healthcare with the Arab American Family Support Center. She also touches on Americanization, Islamophobia, and changes she has seen in Arab American communities since settling in Brooklyn. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Biographical / Historical

Maha Attieh was born in 1958 in Amman, Jordan. She immigrated to the United States in 1981 and raised her five children in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. She began working at the Arab American Family Support Center in 2003 to improve Arab Americans' access to healthcare, particularly among non-English speakers. Her commitment to providing Arab American communities with health and education services also led to her becoming involved with other initiatives in New York City, including the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center community outreach committee; the New York Immigration Coalition; the New York City Language Access Committee; and the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at the Center for Brooklyn History's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201