New professorship to focus on the lesser-known Shi'a branch of the Muslim religion
A gift of $1 million has created a professorship in Shi'a Islam within FIU’s Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs. The position fills an academic gap, says the center's founder, as knowledge about Shi'a is limited, generally, as up to 90% of Muslims follow the Sunni tradition.
Civil rights, Muhammad Ali and a mosque. Here’s the hidden history of a Miami landmark
Masjid Al-Ansar, a mosque in Liberty City, is part of unknown Black Miami history that includes notable figures like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Ramadan (but were afraid to ask)
A Muslim professor of religious studies answers questions about the holy month of fasting.
FIU Visiting Fulbright scholar Svetlana Kurbanova celebrates Uzbek poetry at FIU
Svetlana Kurbanova, an FIU Visiting Fulbright scholar, is bringing the celebration of renowned Uzbek poets to FIU.
What is Zakat? A scholar of Islam explains
Zakat, or almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Dr. Iqbal Akhtar, associate professor of religious studies, explains the meaning of Zakat and why it matters.
Who are the Hazara of Afghanistan? An expert on Islam explains
This article explores who the Hazara people are and what a Taliban controlled Afghanistan means for their future.
What is the Islamic New Year? A scholar of religion explains
Dr. Iqbal Akhtar explains the Islamic new year and what it means.
Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia
The practice of fasting has entered popular culture in recent years as a way to lose extra pounds. However, the practice is far from new and around the world the pious have been fasting for millennia.
Meet FIU’s Fulbright Program Champion: Iqbal Akhtar
The Fulbright program is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The program and FIU are successful in meaningful engagement across the world because of global champions like Iqbal Akhtar.
Cultural expectations may keep Western women from pursuing physics degrees
Western countries like the U.S. might have fewer women pursuing physics degrees compared to Muslim-majority countries because of identity conflicts caused by cultural expectations in the physics community and in society.