Muslim Community of Miami: Growth and Contribution to the Development of South Florida

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 100

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Initiative for Muslim World Studies
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Muslim Community of Miami
Growth and Contribution to the Development of South Florida

Lecture by Mirsad Krijestorac, Florida International University

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 12:30 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | SIPA 100

Muslim communities in the greater Miami area have diversified and expanded significantly from the 1960s to the post 9/11 era today. As the city and its population has grown, we have come to ask ourselves: what does it mean to be a Muslim in a Hispanic-majority community of South Florida? In this conversation, Ph.D. candidate Mirsad Krijestorac reveals the difficult maneuvering of identities among Muslims who are progressively rationalizing their living in this part of the new world where categories of national ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ are blurred. His lecture will provide a historical account of the Muslim community’s growth and adaptations of their public sphere to the realities of the ever-changing ethical and political landscape of South Florida. Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs as we discuss the developing role of Muslims in South Florida.

Mirsad Krijestorac is an advanced Ph.D. candidate at the Green School and a Graduate Fellow of the Middle East and Asian Studies program. He recently published a chapter about the Muslim community of South Florida in the book Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA (University of Texas Press, 2015). Mirsad has presented on this topic, as well as his other research throughout the country. He is currently teaching two courses in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Mirsad is continuing to research and document the history of the Muslim community of South Florida for a possible future book project. His presentation will also discuss some lesser known contributions of Muslims to the development of South Florida over the past 50 years.

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Co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program.