Philanthropists Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer have donated $2 million to Florida International University for the creation of the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies with the mandate to promote greater understanding of the global Muslim community. The educational facility, a first of its kind in South Florida, will focus on the global Muslim diaspora, interfaith dialogue, gender and identity, and Islam and security.
“This center will advance the understanding of Muslim history and culture, promote interfaith dialogue and illuminate issues affecting Muslims worldwide,” says Florida International University (FIU) President Mark B. Rosenberg. “FIU is the perfect home for an international solution center dedicated to Muslim world studies.”
“For a peaceful and harmonious planet we must understand all its people,” comments donor Mohsin Jaffer who is also a voluntary clinical assistant professor at the university. “We have to become familiar with their cultures, faiths and concerns. Muslims make up one fourth of the total world humanity and sadly are very misunderstood today.”