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Salima and Aliyah Khan Oral History Interview

Salima Khan, a high school teacher and college adjunct lecturer in Queens, converses with her daughter Aliyah, an associate professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan and author of Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean. They speak about the many things they carried with them as urban, educated, middle-class migrants who had already had material and spiritual access to a broader world when they came to America in 1992, sponsored by family. They discuss identity, belonging, legibility, language, code-switching and the Ahmadiyya tradition in Guyana, which an imam in their family shaped as the reformist sect's general secretary and publisher of an international newsletter. They also reflect on the sect's role in forging relationships between Indians and Blacks in Guyana, their own relationships in New York with immigrants from India, and their relationships with Guyanese Indian immigrants from the rural regions of their home country.

Duration: 00:55:57

Date: December 29, 2019
Subject(s): Aliyah Khan
Type: Oral History
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Creator: Gaiutra Bahadur
Location: Queens, NY

Collection: Gaiutra Bahadur Fellowship Project
Item History: 2020-08-28 (created); 2020-08-28 (modified)

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