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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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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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Saif Ishoof, a senior fellow at the Green School, published a personal reflection on Muhammad Ali in the Miami Herald on the one-year anniversary of his passing. Ishoof, FIU's VP of Engagement, reflects on Ali's enduring legacy to choose love and understanding over fear. He writes: "The Champ’s belief in the power of service lives on in his own words: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

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