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January

On campus: March 10 - May 20, 2017 Abroad: April 30 - May 7, 2017 Courses (select 1 only) REL 3020 Meditation and Spiritual Development REL 4910 Independent Study Abroad RLG 5397 Yoga Theory and Practicum (Graduate course) REL 3399 Yoga & the Art of Mediation Total of 3 credits For more information: email seidela@fiu.edu.

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March

The Becoming Jewish exchange, part 3: ‘Millions of Africans believe they are of Israelite ancestry’

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April

Why Easter eggs? What’s a Paschal candle? Easter symbols decoded.

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Did you ever wonder about the actual origins of the Zoroastrians of Iran or the Parsees of India? Dr. Tudor Parfitt collected genetic data from Parsees and other Indians and from Zoroastrians elsewhere in the world and this is about to be published as a collaborative article. It is a further example of the way in which genetics can help in understanding religious origins throughout the world.

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May

“Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust the Jewish people finds itself in a somewhat unexpected position,” wrote Dr. Tudor Parfitt, head of Florida International University’s Global Judaism program, in a 2016 address to the committee. Dr. Parfitt described “millions of people,” in places like Africa, Asia and the Americas, willing to step up and become Jews. “The challenge for Israel and for the Jewish people,” Parfitt wrote, “is to decide what to do about it.”

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Venu Mehta Master of Arts in Religious Studies

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June

Religious Identities in the Construction of Communal Khoja Historical Memory

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August

Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 2 pm in GL 165

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With a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from FIU Online, you'll earn an interdisciplinary degree that provides a thorough study of the history, beliefs and practices of the world’s religions. You'll explore eastern and western religions, learn to think critically, and develop exceptional skills as a researcher and writer. The curriculum is comparative and cross-cultural, with a focus on peace and conflict, and gaining a deeper understanding of communities of multiple religious faiths.

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Dr. Parfitt: Religious group from Arizona claims DNA testing proves that Igbo tribe are not genetically Jewish, drawing ire.

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September

Thursday Sept 28 at 9am-12:30pm and 2pm-5:30pm GL 442 Friday Sept 29 9am-3pm GL 220 - This event will be presented in Spanish -

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Earn Credits Fast & Sign up the usual way through fiu.edu Oct 9, 2017 thru Dec 2, 2017

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Sept 11, 2017 at 7 pm Jewish Museum

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