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To share ways to confront Islamophobia in the United States and abroad, religious scholar and former CNN commentator Reza Aslan visited FIU as part of the sixth Geopolitical Summit – one of the university’s signature events featuring distinguished intellectuals discussing some of the most pressing current topics.

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To promote greater understanding of the global Muslim community, Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer, longtime supporters of Middle East studies and other programs at FIU, have donated $2 million to create a Center for Muslim World Studies at the university.

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Mohamed Ghumrawi, Ph.D. student in International Relations, discusses why it is so important for scholars, intellectuals and ordinary Muslims to push back against rhetoric and initiate a discourse about Islam based on objective data and accurate facts.

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The Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies hosted the First Annual Iftar Dinner, a celebratory meal in observance of Ramadan this week. The event was a community gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims and featured talks by Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi and others on the traditions of the holy month of Ramadan. To view the video and photos from the event, click the headline above.

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