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Western Indian Ocean Studies
Department of Religious Studies
Florida International University
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Snapchat and young Saudi women: Challenging the status quo

09/20/2018 02:00 PM

In Saudi Arabia, this translates into the gender segregation of public spaces in order to avoid fitna , or temptation. Women are then restricted or prohibited from traditional public spaces. This all changed with the internet, social media, and smartphones. We will examine the implications of how social media usage, particularly the use of Snapchat by young Saudi women, is changing the status quo.

Decolonizing Western reconciliation: Changing the narrative to the indigenous African...

10/23/2018 06:00 PM

Peace values are embedded in the visual and oral traditions of largely non-literate African societies. The five components of utu, a widely used peace concept across sub-Saharan Africa, is a Kiswahili word that comes from mtu, which means a human being and refers to a set of humanistic values. Human values are ingrained in the fabric of indigenous African languages, peace symbols, metaphors, songs and stories...

2nd Khoja Studies Conference

01/30/2019 09:00 AM

This conference is intended to bring together scholars of the Adivasi, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism to explore how aesthetics, authority, narratives, rituals, and script have been historically shared and divided by faith communities in South Asia.

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1st Annual Iftar of the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies


The Mohsin and Fauzia Center for Muslim World Studies will be the only American center that will focus on the study of Muslim minority communities worldwide. From the Khōjā community in Tanzania to the Hui in China, we are interested in the historical and lived experiences of diverse Muslim communities from scholars and merchants to farmers and laborers in Asia and Africa.

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.