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Monday, May 26, 2014

A Report From The Islamic Astronomy Conference

A Report From The Islamic Astronomy Conference

This is a magazine post by Nidhal Guessoum (see his earlier posts in the opposite direction). Nidhal is an astrophysicist and Instructor of Physics atAmerican Intellectual of Sharjah.

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