Nidhal Guessoum is Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former Associate Dean at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and has been a post-doc, a visiting professor or researcher at several world-class institutions.
Professor Guessoum has written extensively on issues of science, education, culture, Islam and the Arab world, such as Islamic astronomy (crescent visibility and Islamic calendar, prayer times, Islamic cosmology, etc.), astronomy in the Arab world (past, present, and future), science education in the Arab world, and more.
He has authored or co-authored several books including Islam’s Quantum Question: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science, and more than 150 articles (in Arabic, English, and French) in prestigious venues such as Nature and Science. In July 2011 he was featured in a full-page article in Science, and in June 2013 he published a 4-page commentary in Nature about astronomy in the Arab world.
He has been interviewed in numerous international media, including Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, The Times, France 2, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Fox News, and others. He is a regular columnist for Gulf News, and writes occasionally for other venues.