FIU Corona Virus Updates

The Florida Board of Governors and the Chancellor of the State University System directed Florida public universities to extend remote learning through the end of the spring semester.

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New Courses

REL 3161 Special Topics: Spirituality and Sustainability with Prof. Pliske

REL 3194 The Holocaust with Dr. Stier

REL 3398 Sacred Rhythms with Prof. McDaniel

REL 4063 Faith in Social Justice with Prof. Smith

REL 4081 Non-Violence and Peace Studies with Prof. Samani Rohini

REL 4173 Technology and Human Values with Dr. Bauman

REL 4363 Sufism: Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality with Visitor Instructor Prof. Grenier

REL 4364 Interpreting the Quran: Gender and Jihab with Dr. Akhtar

REL 4937 Special Topics: Religion & Fantasy with Prof. Smith

RLG 6935 Seminar in Sacred Text with Dr. Akhtar

Lastest News

Dr. Steven Vose

06/11/2020

Dr. Steven Vose’s book manuscript Reimagining Jainism in Islamic India has won the Edward C. Dimock, Jr. Book Prize in the Indian Humanities from the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Dr. Steven Heine

05/27/2020

Dr. Steven Heine, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies at FIU, has recently published a landmark book on the premier text in the history of Japanese Buddhist philosophy, the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shobogenzo) by Zen master Dogen (1200-1253).

Religious Studies Dr. Whitney Bauman was named to national board

11/14/2019

The American Academy of Religion has elected FIU Religious Studies Dr. Whitney Bauman to its 2019 Board of Directors.

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Worlds Ahead Graduates

Past Worlds Ahead Grads

Spring 2017

One of Venu Mehta’s biggest challenges as an international student at FIU was missing her family in India, particularly her mother, Dr. Purnima Mehta, whom she considers to be one of her greatest influences and mentors.

A strong sense of determination and dedication to learning helped see her through to earn her master’s degree in religious studies, adding to the Ph.D. in multiculturalism through literature education she had already earned in the Gujarat state of India.

Upon her arrival at FIU, Venu immediately stood out to her professors, who were impressed by the cutting-edge social science research she had already done on the Jain community and the American Jain diaspora.

Venu has published an award-winning primer for English speakers to learn the Gujarati language, based on her work as a Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University, Bloomington.

At FIU, she assisted her professors with an effort to catalogue another ancient language, Kacchi, for which there are few dictionaries in North America or Europe. Her work earned her induction into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, for which she is currently president. She also founded the Preksha Meditation Club, bringing a central practice of Jain spirituality to FIU students.

Following graduation, Venu plans to continue her studies at the University of Florida, where she will pursue her Ph.D. in religious studies.