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Western Indian Ocean Studies
Department of Religious Studies
Florida International University
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Upcoming Events

Beti, Are we Not Humans? An Analysis of Contemporary Dalit Narrative in Tharparkar - Pakistan

03/22/2018 12:30 PM

The book shows that the minoritization of Hindus was a gradual and asymmetrical process whereby Pakistani Hindus, a heterogeneous community who had decided to become citizens of Pakistan at the time of Partition and had promised allegiance to the state, were othered and minoritized.

Challenging Islamophobia: a perspective from a Jewish partner in the movement for justice

04/05/2018 12:30 PM

The presentation will include a discussion about the different forms and manifestations of Islamophobia, from individual acts of Islamophobia and state -sanctioned Islamophobia to to US domestic and foreign policy, the so-called "war on terror," and the relationship between Islamophobia and Israel politics. It will also include thoughts about how to be an accountable, principled partner in the broader movement to challenge Islamophobia and racism.

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50 Years Since Mauritian Independence


Lecture in Mauritian Creole by FIU researcher Shafick Osman broadcast on broadcast on MBC TV 1 on Saturday 3 March 2018.

Prof. Osman on the Mauritian Diaspora


Several :incentives have been :introduced :in two National Budgets to pull back the Mauritian diaspora on our shores. The majority of them however are unaware or choose to turn a blind eye to this, preferring a higher standard of living over the comfort of their home country.

New Publication by Shafick Osman- Indian Ocean Islands


Islands are intrinsic parts of the Indian Ocean Region’s physical geography and human landscape. Historically, many have played substantial roles in the regional cultural and economic networks, as well as in the regional political developments. Today, at least three issues bring these islands back to the forefront of the regional and global affairs, namely geopolitics and strategic matters, environmental conditions and challenges, as well as ocean affairs.