Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Open Access Publication: Preserving Yemens' Cultural Heritage

Preserving Yemen's cultural heritage : the Yemen manuscript digitization project
Author: Sabine Schmidtke; Jan Thiele
Publisher: Sanaa : Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Sanaa, 2011.
Series: Hefte zur Kulturgeschichte des Jemen, 5.

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative

[Originally posted in AMIR 22 August 2011. Updated 29 February 2012]

Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative
"The private manuscript libraries of Yemen, estimated at 50,000 codices, constitutes the largest and most important set of unexamined Arabic manuscripts in the world today. The Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative presents, for the first time, access to manuscripts from three private libraries in Sanaa, Yemen, and virtually conjoins them to additional Yemeni manuscripts held by the Princeton University Library and Staatsbibliothek, Berlin. The texts in this archive were composed, copied, studied, and preserved by Zaydi scholars from the tenth century to the present. Zaydism is a leading school of Islam in Northern Yemen known for forms of rationalist theology that were abandoned in other regions. The Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative is made possible by a Enriching Digital Collections Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaf (DFG). The grant is administered by Princeton University Library and the Free University, Berlin in conjunction with the Imam Zayd ibn Ali Cultural Foundation (IZbACF) in Sanaa, Yemen. Information on this grant and related projects to preserve and disseminate the manuscripts of Yemen can be found at"
h/t Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmidtke

Alphabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Open Access Journal: AKTC Afghanistan Newsletter

AKTC Afghanistan Newsletter
AKTC Afghanistan newsletters
Newsletters Documenting the Progress of Cultural Revitalisation Projects in Kabul and Herat
These newsletters document the progress of the revitalisation projects of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which began the rehabilitation of Bagh-e-Babur, a walled and terraced garden containing the tomb of Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, in 2002. The programme has expanded to include the 19th-century mausoleum in central Kabul over the grave of Timur Shah and a great number of homes, mosques and other structures in the war-damaged quarters of Asheqan wa Arefan, Chindawol and Kuche Kharabat. In Herat, in western Afghanistan, a range of documentation, conservation and upgrading works has also been carried out since 2005 in surviving historic sections of the old city.

October 2011 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 528 KB

May 2011 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 368 KB

November / December 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 519 KB

July / August 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 531 KB

July / August 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 573 KB

May / June 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 499 KB

March / April 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 502 KB

January / February 2010 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 511 KB

November / December 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 437 KB

September / October 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 452 KB

May / June 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 616 KB

March / April 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 728 KB

January / February 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 519 KB

November / December 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 610 KB

September / October 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 611 KB

July / August 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 463 KB

May / June 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 663 KB

May / June 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 663 KB

March / April 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 622 KB

November 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 739 KB

September/October 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 568 KB

July 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 749 KB

May 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 672 KB

March 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 569 KB

January 2007 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 348 KB

November / December 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 573 KB

September / October 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 496 KB

September / October 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 496 KB

August 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 435 KB

July 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 337 KB

Project Brief on Afghanistan
Size: 593 KB

January / February 2008 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 471 KB

Urban Conservation and Area Development in Afghanistan
Size: 6 MB

August 2006 Afghanistan Newsletter
Size: 435 KB

Barbur's Garden Rehabilitation Framework
Size: 5.97 MB

Friday, February 24, 2012

Al Mashriq

Al Mashriq - The Levant:   Cultural Riches from the Countries of the Eastern Mediterranean
Al-Mashriq is a non-political, non-secterian, non-commercial webserver. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors and in no way reflect the views of the maintainer of the server. Its purpose is to gather information that reflects the culture and ways of life of Lebanon and the Levant and was started as guide and entry point to the life and history of the region for the benefit of expatriates of the Levant.
Al-Mashriq is a repository for cultural multimedia information from the Levant (Al-Mashriq) in general and Lebanon in particular. As of October 2010 it contains over 245000 documents and is still growing. It was started as an initiative by Berthe Choueiry (now associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and myself in 1993 and was for a while an ftp-server at the Ecole Polytechnic Federal de Lausanne. It was moved in 1994 to become a World-Wide Web server at the Østfold University College, Halden (Norway) where it now resides and is maintained by myself and an occasional team of students.
Contributions that fall within the scope of the server are received with gratitude. Material must contain correct bibliographic references to source and must not be in violation of copyright. The editors of Al-Mashriq retain the sole right to accept or refuse material.
About this server
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Open Access Journal: MELA Notes - The Journal of the Middle East Librarians Association

[Originally posted in AMIR 19 February 2011. Updated 23 February 2012]

MELA Notes The Journal of the Middle East Librarians Association
ISSN 0364-2410
It is the purpose of the Middle East Librarians' Association to facilitate communication among members through meetings and publications; to improve the quality of area librarianship through the development of standards for the profession and education of Middle East library specialists; to compile and disseminate information concerning Middle East libraries and collections and to represent the judgment of the members in matters affecting them; to encourage cooperation among members and Middle East libraries, especially in the acquisition of materials and the development of bibliographic control; to cooperate with other library and area organizations in projects of mutual concern and benefit; to promote research in and development of indexing and automated techniques as applied to Middle East materials.
©2001 Middle East Librarians Association

MELA Notes number 83 (2010) (Current issue as PDF file)
MELA Notes number 82 (2009)

MELA Notes number 81 (2008)

MELA Notes number 80 (2007)

MELA Notes number 79 (2006)

MELA Notes number 78 (2005)

MELA Notes number 77 (2004)

MELA Notes number 75-76 (Fall 2002-Spring 2003)

MELA Notes number 73-74 (Fall 2001-Spring 2002)

MELA Notes number 71-72 (Fall 2000-Spring 2001)

MELA Notes number 69-70 (Fall 1999-Spring 2000)

MELA Notes number 67-68 (Fall 1998-Spring 1999)

MELA Notes number 65-66 (Fall 1997-Spring 1998)

MELA Notes number 64 (Spring 1997)

Tables of Contents and Text (in PDF) of Earlier Numbers of MELA Notes, no. 1- (1973-)
In Progress:
(NEW: MELA Notes 33, 34, 35 36, 37, 38; 60, 61)

MELA Notes is also accessible in JSTOR

Open Access Journal: Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi

Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi - Journal of Higher Education and Science
e-ISSN : 2146-5967

Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi ( (ISSN: 2146-5959), Zonguldak Karaelmas Üniversitesi'nin resmi yayın organıdır.

Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi, üniversiteler, teknoloji enstitüleri, araştırma merkezleri ve meslek enstitüleri dahil olmak üzere öncelikle yükseköğretim ile ilgili uzmanlık alanlarına yöneliktir.

Derginin amaçları Türkiye’de ve dünyada yükseköğretimdeki güncel sorunların ve çözüm önerilerinin; öğretim stratejilerinde yeniliklerin, bilim ve teknolojide yeni yönelimlerin ve gelişmelerin ileri sürüldüğü ve tartışıldığı makaleler yayımlamak, bilimsel ve sosyal iletişimin sağlanmasına katkıda bulunmak, bölgemizde (Balkan ve Karadeniz Ülkeleri, Orta Doğu Ülkeleri ve Orta Asya Türk Cumhuriyetleri, v.b.) uluslararası ve saygın bir bilimsel medya olmaktır.

Dergide "Özgün Araştırmalar", "Derlemeler", "Editöre Mektuplar", "Biyografiler", "Yükseköğretim Kurumları Tanıtım Yazıları", "Bilimsel Toplantı Bildirileri/Özetleri" ve "Kitap Yorumları" yayımlanır. Editörler Kurulunun kararı ile özel sayı yayımlanabilir.

Bu dergide yer alan makaleler, bağımsız ve ön yargısız çift - körleme hakemlik ("peer-review") ilkeleri doğrultusunda bir danışma kurulu tarafından değerlendirilir. Makaleler Türkçe veya İngilizce dillerinde yazılabilir; İngilizce veya Türkçe öz ile anahtar sözcükler içermelidir. Sadece yurtdışından gönderilen İngilizce makaleler için geçerli olmak üzere, Editörler Kurulu öz'lerin Türkçeye çevrilmesini sağlar.

Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi, yılda üç sayı olarak Nisan, Ağustos ve Aralık aylarında yayımlanır. Dergiye çevrim-içi olarak (e-ISSN : 2146-5967) da erişmek mümkündür.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Open Access Journal: Muftah

Digital magazine publishing the work of experts on the Middle East and North Africa with a fresh, new perspective on regional policy-making.


Update from Dr. Lutz Wiederhold on MENALIB / MENADOC activities:
"Dear Colleagues,
In 2010, the German National Middle East and North Africa Collection at the University and State Library (ULB) in Halle has added an open access electronic version of vols. 1 (1847) to 155 (2005) of the Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlaendischen Gesellschaft (ZDMG) to the fulltext repository MENAdoc ( which is a module of the MENALIB ( portal. Following an agreement with the Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft and the Harrassowitz Verlag, further volumes of ZDMG will published in MENAdoc with a delay of 5 years in the future. Today, volume 156 (2006) has been made accessible to interested users - cf.

Currently, MENAdoc provides open access to ca. 5.000 monogaphic titles and reports, and ca. 9.000 articles from the periodicals of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft. Lists of digitized /digtial monographic titles and volumes of periodicals can be viewed after clicking on the various projects mentioned on the MENAdoc homepage (
or by going to the homepages of these various projects directly:
- National Middle East and North Africa Collection digital -
- Periodicals of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft -
- Turkisch studies Library Prof. Jakob M. Landau -
- MENAdoc Single Documents -
- Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Digital -

ULB Halle works on adding records for these open access titles also to its OPAC and and other electronic catalogs.

Information on digitzation efforts and other activities of the National Middle East and North Africa Collection is published in a MENALIB newsletter. Subscription to this newsletter is possible on the MENALIB website (

With apologies for crossposting and best wishes,
Lutz Wiederhold
--  Dr. Lutz Wiederhold Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Zweigbibliothek der ULB Vorderer Orient/Ethnologie Muehlweg 15 06114 Halle Germany " 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Open Access Journal: Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques

[First posted in AMIR 12 December 2010. Updated 21 February 2012]

Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques

ISSN: 0259-7373
Le Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, fondé en 1984, est un supplément annuel à la revue Annales islamologiques, publiée par l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale (Ifao) du Caire. Il vise à rendre compte de toute publication intéressant les études arabes et islamiques dans les divers domaines: langue et littérature arabes; islamologie, philosophie; histoire; histoire des sciences et des techniques; anthropologie et sciences sociales; arts et archéologie.

Le Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques est publié avec le concours de l’UMR 80 84 « Islam médiéval. Espaces, réseaux et pratiques culturelles ».

Comité de Direction
Denise Aigle, Abd El-Hadi Ben Mansour, Pascal Buresi, Sylvie Denoix, Jean-Patrick Guillaume, Françoise Micheau, Houari Touati.

Conseil scientifique
Denise Aigle, Marianne Barrucand, Frédéric Bauden, Hocine Benkheira, Abd El-Hadi Ben Mansour, Pascal Buresi, Éric Chaumont, Sylvie Denoix, Jean-Patrick Guillaume, Claire Hardy-Guilbert, Frédéric Hitzel, Pierre Lory, Denis Matringe, Françoise Micheau, Christophe Picard, Christian Robin, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, Heidi Toelle, Houari Touati, Gilles Veinstein, Katia Zakharia.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Open Access Journal: Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ)
ISSN: 2229-9327
Welcome to the Arab World English Journal (AWEJ). AWEJ is a refereed, peer-reviewed, and open-access e-journal for scholars, researchers, teachers, and officials of the English language in the Arab countries and in the entire world.

With the coming of globalization and E-era, there is a general consensus among most scholars, educationalists, and policy makers that English language is the language and the tool of globalization and internationalization. Globalization has the power to make English language universal. Although the distance between countries has become closer, the competition is getting fiercer. Therefore, the ministries and departments of education as well as universities in most of countries of the world have launched quantum activities to develop and update their English teaching programs to cope with the new challenges.

 Most Arab countries teach English language as part of their public education, but unfortunately, educators, teachers, and officials are unhappy with these programs due to the poor results, outcomes and performances of many students. Hence, it is easy to note that the quality of instruction has inhibited students’ English language proficiency over the years. In addition,, there are several other key issues like the growing disparity in competence in English among students and a lack of English competence among many teachers who have not effectively advanced the language.

The Arab World English Journal has a clear vision of the current situation of English teaching and learning in the Arab countries, and through AWEJ we hope to establish a forum for lively professional discussion to promote the development of links between language-related research and its application in educational and other professional settings. We believe that as globalization continues to make the world a smaller place, we need to make certain that students gain the skills and knowledge to excel in whatever careers they pursue.

AWEJ is only possible with great support from the international community as reflected by the diversity of our editorial board members, whom I would like to thank personally. We very much welcome your feedback and invite you to share your experiences and insights. 


AWEJ Volume 1. No.1 October, 2010


Article PDF
Professor Z. N. PATIL

Article PDF
Professor Cameron Richards
PP. 24-39

Article PDF
Dr. Victoria Tuzlukova
Dr. Alaa Al-Musalli
Assist.Prof. Dr. Rahma AlMahrooqi
PP. 40-79

Article PDF
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Channarong Intaraprasert

Article PDF
Dr. Khairi Obaid Al-Zubaidi
Prof. Cameron Rechards

Article PDF
David Bradley Kent

AWEJ Volume 2. No.1 January,2011
ISSN: 2229-9327



PDF Full paper
Romana Dolati
Prof. Dr. Cameron Richards

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Jaishree Umale, PhD.

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Ahmed AlKilabi, PhD
Laila Z.Al-Salmi

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Hosney El-daly, PhD

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Rahma Ibrahim

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Haifa Al Buainain, PhD

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Neil McBeath

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Abdulmuhsen Ayedh Alqahtani,PhD

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Pauline Ghenghesh (PhD)

AWEJ Volume 2, number 2, April 2011
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Pauline Ghenghesh (PhD)



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Mohamed Amin Abdel Gawad Mekheimer, Ph.D

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Javid, Z. Choudhary. PhD

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Sally Ali, PhD

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Wenhua Hsu, PhD

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AbdulRahman Al Asmari. PhD

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T Balasubramanian,

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Basmah Issa Tlelan Al-Saleem

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Pro. Dr.Prashant Mishra

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Naheed Umair

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Dr. Rahma I. Al-Mahrooqi

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Adcharawan Buripakdi, PhD

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Reviewer: Mohamed Mekheimer

Volume 2 No.3 August 2011
Reviewer: Mohamed Mekheimer

Reviewer: Mohamed Mekheimer

Reviewer: Mohamed Mekheimer

PDF Abstract PDF
Prof. Jean-Claude Bertin

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Dr Abdulmoneim Mahmoud

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Dr. Dona Vassall-Fall

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Professor Guey, Ching-Chung
Paul C. Talley
Huang, Lee-Jung

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Hashil Mohammed Al-Saadi

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Dr. Carol Ann Goff-Kfouri

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Dr. Abbas Zare-ee

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Dr. Khalaf Al-Makhzoomi
Dr. Saleh Freihat

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Baxter Jackson

AWEJ Vol.2 No.4 December 2011
Baxter Jackson

Contents PDF


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Richard Kiely

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Dr. Rachid Bendriss
Dr. Krystyna Golkowska
PP. 37-57

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David F Dalton
PP. 58-87

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Dr. Jaishree Umale

Dr. Mohammed Abdel Hakim Farrah

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Dr. S.Devaki Reddy
PP. 171-193

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Dr. Asaad Al-Saleh
PP. 194-218

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Dr. Choudhry Zahid Javid
Dr. Muhammad Hannan Al-Khairi
PP. 219-256

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Dr.Fakieh Abduh Alrabai

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Drs. Supardi, MPd

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Dr. Nasrin Al-Lawati

Reviewed by Krishna Bista

AWEJ Vol.3 No.1 March, 2012
Reviewed by Krishna Bista

Reviewed by Krishna Bista

Reviewed by Krishna Bista

PDF Abstract PDF Full Article
Musallam Al-Mani
Said M. Faiq

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Saleh M. Al-Salman

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Abdul Wahid Mohammed Muslat

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Guey, Ching-chung

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Ayman Nazzal

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Omar F. Atari

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Nida S. Omar
Salahuddin Bin Mohd
Kais A. kadhim

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XU Jianzhong

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Rima Eid Asi

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Juha Eskelinen
Mikel Garant

AWEJ Vol.3 No.2 June 2012
Juha Eskelinen
Mikel Garant

Juha Eskelinen
Mikel Garant

Juha Eskelinen
Mikel Garant

PDF Abstract PDF Full Article
Diane Malcolm

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Dr. Manal Qutub

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Dr. Hussein Taha Assaggaf
Asso. Prof. Dr. Siti Hamin Stapa
Dr. Jamilah Mustafa

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Dr. Belinda HO

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Kothar Talib Sulaiman Al Harrasi

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Yasser A. S. Al Tamimi

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Dr. Ronnie Goodwin

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Nisreen M. Anati

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Brahim Machaal

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Shu-Chiu Hung
Xiangyang Zhang

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Fatima Mahmoud Basaffar
Sabah Mohammad Safi

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Rajaa Aquil

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Adel Abu Radwan

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Nida’ Mohammad Hisham Salah
Dr. Mohammed Abd Hakim Farrah