Programs & Initiatives

Middle East Studies Program

The Middle East Studies Program at Florida International University is the Jaffer Centers premier academic program devoted to the study of the Middle East. Its activities include lectures, workshops, conferences, and cultural and artistic events, all of which are open to students and the outside community. In addition, the Middle East Studies program offers both an Undergraduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate in “Middle East and Central Asian Studies”.

Western Indian Ocean Studies Program

The Western Indian Ocean Studies Program is a research collaboration among AIPS, CEIAS-CNRS, FIU, and SUZA which promotes multidisciplinary avenues of research into the dynamics of cosmopolitan religious identities in the western Indian Ocean region. Its purpose is three-fold: the preservation of texts, material culture, and oral traditions; international academic collaboration to share resources and expertise; and to publish original research and translations in English and French to develop the study the connection between South Asia and East Africa through its transnational littoral communities.