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Lecture in Mauritian Creole by FIU researcher Shafick Osman broadcast on broadcast on MBC TV 1 on Saturday 3 March 2018.
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.
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.
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. The first-of-its-kind in South Florida, the center will be named the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies and will be housed within the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
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.