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Nidhal Guessoum

Nidhal Guessoum is a professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. 

Twitter: @NidhalGuessoum​

 

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Students should not rush to choose a career

Hundreds of thousands of students around the Arab world will be entering universities in a few weeks, and millions will be starting their last year of high school. All — not to mention their parents — will have their futures and career paths in mind.

August 12, 2018

Arab states have space programs: here on Earth, they need promotion

More countries are investing in space science with its multiple branches, including technology such as satellites and exploration involving missions to the Moon and Mars.

July 24, 2018

Live slower and take time to think to get more out of life

In this modern world, the pace of life has accelerated and most people have increased their workloads. There are a number of reasons for this development: We need to identify them and figure out what must be done. 

July 04, 2018

Mankind lucky to have the Moon as a guide

The Moon has served important functions throughout history, both for humanity and for planet Earth. And, for the Muslim world, it continues to play an important role in determining holy occasions: Ramadan, Eids and Hajj, most notably.

June 12, 2018

Time to end the chaos of the ‘night of doubt’

For Muslims, May 15 will be the “night of doubt,” with the wait to know whether the next day will be the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, or whether it will be postponed.

May 03, 2018

Is scientific progress benefiting all of humanity?

A few weeks ago, I took part in an annual cultural conference organized by the French city of Orleans. The session I participated in discussed “scientific progress and the dialogue of cultures.”

April 18, 2018

Science a vital tool for the young generation

It is paradoxical that, while we teach more science and use more advanced technology than ever before, we regularly see and hear educated people make shockingly ignorant pronouncements about the planet, the sun, the cosmos, human bodies and brains, and a lot more.

April 04, 2018

Should we all #DeleteFacebook?

Elon Musk last week dropped a bombshell by deleting the Facebook pages of his two big companies, SpaceX and Tesla. Why did he do it? He answered the call of Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, who had added his voice to those pushing people to #DeleteFacebook. And why did Acton do that?

March 26, 2018