BOOK REVIEW – A German with a Pulse on Arab’s Scientific Future!

Space Science and the Arab World: Astronauts, Observatories and Nationalism in the Middle East (2018), by Jörg Matthias Determann, is a book that has been a ‘long’ time coming. Both for the author himself, who has researched and drafted it since his days as a PhD candidate in 2014, and for us here in the Arab world. It’s filled a ‘gap’, a tremendous gaping hole, in our own knowledge of ourselves. I had no idea that scientists, scholars and politicians from the late 19th century in Arabic countries were desperately trying to revive the science of astronomy in the...

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