The University of Florida is launching a center for global Islamic studies.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the center has already been approved by university officials and will be announced when UF's Board of Trustees meet this week.

Officials in the school's Center for African Studies and the Department of Religion have been working to open the center for a year. They have brought together a cross-section of faculty from religion, science, history, anthropology, languages, literatures and cultures.

The center is set to launch Sept. 18-19 with a conference on "Global Islam and the Quest for Public Space."