What is the religious, cultural, and scientific significance of the moon in Islam? How should we think about new crescent visibility and the Islamic calendar? What is ‘Islamic astronomy’ and how does intersect with Islamic rituals and modern astronomy and science? As we approach Ramadan, join us for an evening Chai Chat with Dr. Nidhal Guessoum, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. Professor Guessoum will address these questions and more, followed by a Q&A.
Dr. Guessoum is an astrophysicist with a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher and later, extended periods of time as a visiting scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also had long on-going collaborations with various institutions, particularly in France, resulting in many papers, mostly in gamma-ray astrophysics. He is currently Professor and Interim Head of Physics at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. In addition to his technical papers, he has published many articles on issues related to science, education, the Arab world, and Islam. He has authored or co-authored several books, including The Story of the Universe – from primitive conceptions to the Big Bang and Islam’s Quantum Question – reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science.
[FRIDAY - 4/9] LET'S TALK: RACIAL JUSTICE AND NON-PROFIT WORK WITH MARGARI HILL
Let's Talk: Racial Justice and Non-Profit Work with Margari Hill
Friday, April 9 at 5:30 PM PST
Interested in pursuing racial justice or non profit work professionally? Join us for a discussion and Q&A with Stanford alum Margari Hill on her academic and professional journeys.
Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer with articles published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2019) Time, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English, Islamic Monthly, and MuslimMatters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes colonial perceptions mixed-raced identities in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, and International student programs at Al-Azhar and Cairo University.
SUBMIT TO TAMR: FIRST ROUND DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 9TH!
TAMR is a Ramadan community art project! TAMR stands for ‘Tastes & Memories of Ramadan’ & is also the Arabic word for date — a fruit with which many Muslims around the world open and break their fast. at 8 pm PST every night of Ramadan, we will share a story, recipe, artwork, essay, poem, or video at @markaztamr that celebrates your favorite meals and moments, and reflects on the emotional and spiritual resonances that we get from them.
We are looking for community submissions!
Accepted contributors receive a $20 Door Dash gift card. Learn more and share your art and memories at bit.ly/markaztamr
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