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January

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Venue:College of Business Complex (CBC), Room 233

In collaboration with the Jack D. Gordon Institute, join us as we welcome former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and renown expert on “SoftPower,” Dr. Joseph Nye who will be speaking about current and future issues in national security.

February

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Venue:SIPA 100

Mr. Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination at the US Department of Justice, will discuss discrimination in the US, particularly towards Muslims and other minority groups, and how the rise of Islamophobia has impacted religious discrimination in areas of education, employment and housing.

March

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Venue:Ocean Bank Convocation Center (OBCC) 117

The spiritual journey in Islamic thought remains relatively unknown to the wider world. Join us as we explore the notion of the spiritual journey in Islam. In this lecture, the teachings of seminal figures of this tradition of symbolic spiritual journeys will be examined. Lecture by Dr. Nizamuddin Ahmad.

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Venue:Masjid al Ansar- 5245 NW 7th Ave Miami, Florida

Join us as we host a panel discussion which will explore the unique place of the American South in the story of Islam. The panel will feature leading community leaders and scholars to narrate this unique history.

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Venue:SASC 302

Join us as we explore popular narratives surrounding the Nation of Islam that have undermined its reception as a Muslim community. In this discussion, Dr. Michael Knight highlights the Nation’s engagements of transnational Muslim communities and histories, creative intellectual work with Islamic archives, and the various ways in which the Nation has understood itself within Islamic tradition.

April

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Venue:Online- Zoom Webinar

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs teamed up with the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies for a conversation on the impact U.S. sanctions are having on the spread of coronavirus in Iran.

May

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Venue:Online- Zoom Webinar

Join the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at FIU on Tuesday, May 5th at 1:30PM for a Live Zoom webinar on Ramadan and fasting. This webinar will address the holy month of Ramadan and fasting among Muslims. Joined by local interfaith leaders, panelists will also discuss how the tradition of fasting relates to other Abrahamic faiths.

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Venue:Online- Zoom Webinar

Join us as we host a live Zoom conversation with experts on South Asia as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 in the region.

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Venue:Online- Zoom Webinar

A space to break bread and reflect on community. In our first ever “virtual” Iftar, this event will bring together local leaders to reflect on the importance of community and togetherness during these challenging times.

July

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Venue:Zoom Webinar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local grassroot Muslim-American organizations came together to fill critical gaps in resources and services needed by the South Florida community. This roundtable will highlight the existing services provided by the Muslim-American medical community and charitable organizations and institutions, and the ongoing challenges the community faces under the current crisis.

September

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Venue:Zoom Webinar

The structure known as Haghia Sophia (Aya Sofya in Turkish) has stood in Istanbul as one of the world’s most important religious buildings for almost 1,500 years. In 2020, the government of Turkey put into effect its plans to transform the structure back into a mosque. What is the context of this transformation? What are the arguments for and against it? What are the possible long-term consequences, for Turkey and for the religious communities for whom Haghia Sophia is meaningful?

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Venue:Zoom Webinar

The Kriya Yoga Institute, in co-sponsorship with the Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies, will host an online interfaith symposium on “Global Mind Change: Dialogs on Spiritual Ecology and Transforming Individual and Planetary Consciousness”. The event will feature renowned scholar on Islam Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

October

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Venue:Zoom webinar

Join the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, Books & Books and the Jaffer Center for a conversation with author Jessy Abouarab about her recent book, "Reframing Syrian Refugee Insecurity through a Feminist Lens: The Case of Lebanon."

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Venue:Zoom Webinar

Islam is one of the most vibrant religious traditions in America. This lecture addresses the historical roots in which Islam arrived in the United States, the formation of the first Muslim communities, along with the reception of Islam in the academic world. Moreover, drawing upon the principles of traditional Islam, this lecture deals with the state of Islam and Muslims in America, challenges Islam is facing and steps that need to be taken to overcome them.

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Venue:Zoom webinar

Join us as we host a roundtable discussion on the Muslim vote and the upcoming 2020 elections.

November

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Venue:Zoom Webinar

The EU's relations with Iran have strengthened since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015. These relations have become more important now, as the current US administration is determined to further undermine the agreement by pressing the UN to restore economic sanctions and extend the arms embargo against Iran. This panel will explore these topics and provide an update on the current state of EU-Iran relations after the US elections.