I, Nidhal Guessoum, am an Algerian astrophysicist. I received my B. Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Science and Technology in Algiers and his Masters’ and Ph. D. degrees in Astrophysics from the University of California at San Diego, USA. I then spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. I am currently a professor of Physics at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
I have been an active researcher in the field of gamma-ray astrophysics, publishing about 50 papers, attending over 30 international conferences, receiving many invitations as visiting professor or guest researcher, as well as several research grants and awards. I have also been a regular referee for a number of international astrophysics journals.
In parallel to my formal academic activities, I have for many years been quite active in the area of popularization of science and the interface between science and religion, publishing dozens of articles and papers in these fields. I have co-authored 2 books, one (with K. Meziane and M. Elatbi) on “The Crescent Visibility and Islamic Calendar” problem, and the other (w. J. Mimouni) entitled “The Story of the Universe: from Early Conceptions to the Big Bang”; I co-edited (with M. Odeh) a volume of proceedings on Islamic astronomy; I produced a book in France on Islam and Modern Science; and my latest book is Islam's Quantum Question (see book cover on the side of this page, linking to the book’s webpage).