RAMADAN, MODERN TECHNOLOGIES AND CONSUMERISM

5 August 2011 , Articles

by Nidhal Guessoum The Huffington Post   Ramadan has just started for Muslims all over the world, with their varied customs and lifestyles. It is a very special month. In its simplest form, it is a month of fasting: abstinence from food, drink, sexual relations, smoking, etc., from dawn till sunset, a drastic change in lifestyle. […]

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SCIENCE: A HISTORY, 1543-2001

2 August 2011 , Articles

John Gribbin; Penguin Books, 2002 Reviewed by Dr. Nidhal Guessoum (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, American University of Sharjah)   The history of science is a fascinating subject for many reasons. First it deals with one of the most successful human endeavors, Science. Secondly, although it deals with a seemingly cold, factual, objective field of human knowledge, […]

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A CENTURY OF RELIGION – SCIENCE-PHILOSOPHY DEBATES

20 July 2011 , Articles

A Review of “The Measure of God”, by Larry Witham, 2005, Harper San Francisco Nidhal Guessoum American University of Sharjah, UAE   When the wealthy Scottish judge and thinker Adam Gifford decided in 1887 to establish an endowment for yearly lectures at Scotland’s four great universities (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews) to encourage a lively […]

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THE PROBLEMATIC RELATION BETWEEN ISLAM AND SCIENCE

18 July 2011 , Articles

A Review of “An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam”, Taner Edis, Prometheus Books, 2007 by Nidhal Guessoum American University of Sharjah, UAE Taner Edis is a Turkish American physicist who often writes about the contemporary relation(s) between Religion and Science, particularly in the West. He is “a child of a secularist Turkish father […]

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WHAT’S SO DIFFICULT ABOUT THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR?

15 July 2011 , Articles

by Nidhal Guessoum The Huffington Post Imagine if for the months of September, October and December, one had to wait until the 29th night of the preceding month to know whether the start of the new month will be the next day or the one after. There would be non-stop controversies and chaos, right? And people […]

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NOTRE EXISTENCE A-T-ELLE UN SENS? UNE ENQUÊTE SCIENTIFIQUE ET PHILOSOPHIQUE

18 June 2011 , Articles

de Jean Staune – Presses de la Renaissance, 2007 Lecture de Nidhal Guessoum, American University of Sharjah   La science impose-t-elle le matérialisme ? C’est une question fondamentale qui, malheureusement, n’a pas été débattue durant la grande période d’émergence de la science moderne, mais qui est réapparue de plus en plus fort récemment. Durant les vingt dernières années […]

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THE EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT PROFESSOR

5 June 2011 , Articles

Teaching, Scholarship and Service Phillip C. Wankat, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, 2002 Reviewed by Nidhal Guessoum (CAS/Physics)   It is not easy to be a successful faculty member. University professors receive no training or preparation for the various tasks they are expected to perform, ranging from the not-so-obvious delivery of effective lectures and thorough-yet-fair examinations, to […]

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