Conference on Islam in Latin America at FIU

WHAT: The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) of the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU will host a one day conference on Islam in Latin America on March 26th. A group of leading scholars from Latin America will join FIU scholars to discuss the presence of Islam and Muslims in Latin America, their impact on integration into Latin American society, and their historical and contemporary ties to the Middle East and the larger Muslim world.

WHO: The conference features distinguished and leading scholars from Latin America and the U.S. whose research centers on Islam and Muslim communities in Latin America. This group includes Camila Pastor from the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico; Paulo Hilu Pinto from Universidade Federal Fluminese in Brazil; Luis Mesa del Monte from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City; and Jonathan Friedlander from University of California in Los Angeles. In addition, this group will be joined by FIU scholars whose research focuses on Islam and its historical and contemporary impact on global society. This group will include Mohiaddin Mesbahi, director of MESC and associate professor in FIU’s Department of Politics and International Relations; Maria Mar Logrono, assistant professor in FIU’s Department of History and Director of LACC's Islam in Latin America Research Project (; and others from the Departments of Religious Studies and Politics and International Relations.

WHEN: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: The MARC Pavilion in the MARC Building at Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Francesco Ortoleva, Program Coordinator at MESC, 305-348-1792 or the Latin American and Caribbean Center at 305-348-2894.

Media Contact: Lissette Lanza at 305-348-2232.

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