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Shamaa provides specialists and stakeholders free internet access to the educational studies produced in the Arab countries, as well as those available through international organizations with whom Shamaa has concluded cooperation agreements. Shamaa also welcomes submissions by researchers on education in the Arab countries produced worldwide. It indexes peer-refereed articles, Master theses and PhD dissertations, books, reports and conference proceedings dated 2007 onward in Arabic, English and French. The database includes bibliographic information, abstracts and, when available, the full text of educational studies


Shamaa aspires to be a main reference for researchers and others concerned with educational knowledge, in its capacity as a database that documents all sorts of scholarly work on education produced in the Arab countries and by Arab researchers


The Friends of Shamaa are prominent specialists in the field of education in the Arab World who believe in the mission and goals of Shamaa and provide it with moral support; as such they function as consultants and cooperate with Shamaa on various levels. They participate, or may participate in its development through the comments on the Shamaa database, its subject areas and the totality of its contents. They also seek to promote Shamaa among those who work in the educational field. They are consulted with regard to all the activities organized by Shamaa, and their experience in the field of scholarly educational research is drawn upon with a view to further developing Shamaa.

Dr. Kamal Abou Chedid

Dr. Kamal Abou Chedid has served from 1999 to 2012 as a faculty member with the rank of Associate professor at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU). Currently he is coordinator of institutional accreditation and the assistant Vice-President for academic affairs at NDU. He joined the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies in 1999 and has served as its General-Secretary from 2009 till the present. His research activities center on quality assurance in higher education and educational reform, and he has published a number of research articles in refereed journals and provided educational consultancy to several international organizations such as the UNESCO and the UNDP, as well as to numerous regional and local organizations. Dr. Abou Chedid attended the University of Manchester in the U.K., receiving a Ph.D. in Education in 1997, preceded by a master's in adult education in 1992. He also did post doctoral studies in 2002 in sociology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A.

Dr. Saouma BouJaoude

Dr. Saouma BouJaoudeh has since 2009, been Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) at the American University of Beirut. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with emphasis on science education from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. He taught at Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A, then joined the American University of Beirut in 1993 and now holds the rank of full professor. He served as Director of SMEC from 1994 to 2003 and as chair of the Department of Education from 2003-2009. Dr. BouJaoude has published numerous research articles and educational studies in local, regional and international refereed scholarly journals, as well as in books in English and Arabic. He has spoken at a large number of regional and international scientific conferences. He also serves on the editorial Boards of a number of science education and education journals. He is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Education Council of the State of Qatar, and fellow of the Third World Academy of Science.

Dr. Fadia Hoteit

Dr. Hoteit is a researcher and professor at the Lebanese University, with a doctorate in psychology from the Sorbonne University – Paris V, France. She teaches courses in early childhood education and children's literature in the Faculty of Education at the Lebanese University. Dr. Hoteit has several studies and research papers dealing with educational, social and psychological aspects relating to children, family and women. She also co-edited several books bringing together research work by Lebanese women, and participated in several collective books such as: Preschool Education in Lebanon (in Arabic), 2002; and Books and Publishing in Lebanon: Reality and Politics (in Arabic), 2003. She has published three books: The Experience of Reggio Emilia in Early Childhood (in Arabic), 2012; Children's Literature in Lebanon (in Arabic), 2001; and Play in Early Childhood (in Arabic), 2006. She has also published two stories for children in Arabic: Houloumi (My Dream) and Sabi Kabir (A Big Boy).

Dr. Sadiq Midraj

Dr. Sadiq Midraj began his career in education as a grade 6-12 teacher in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States before earning his Ph.D. in language education (Curriculum & Instruction) from Indiana State University, USA. He functioned as the Director for the College of Education Center for Professional Development at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. Currently, he is the ELL Program Lead Faculty and teachers in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. He provided consultation to the UNESCO Office on quality assurance standards for teacher-education units in Arab countries. He has published in the areas of the affective factors and Arabic-English bilingual reading competences, and he has given numerous presentations at international conferences. His research interests include quality assurance standards, curriculum reform, and bilingual and multicultural teacher education.

Dr. Nada Moghaizel Nasr

Dr. Nada Moghaizel Nasr is an honorary Dean and professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the St. Joseph University in Beirut; she is also the President’s Delegate for university education. She holds a bachelor degree in sociology from the American University of Beirut, and a master's degree, a postgraduate diploma and a doctorate in Educational Sciences from the René Descartes University – Paris V. Professionally she has worked as a researcher at the Center for Linguistic and Educational Studies and as a professor in the Institute of Social Sciences at the Lebanese University. She has also participated in the formulation of the civic educational booklets with the Center for Educational Research and Development and was in charge of teacher training at the primary level at the Lebanese Institute of Educators. She has participated in non-governmental organizations as Vice-President, member, founding member, expert and honorary member. She has also authored several books, both individually and collectively, in addition to participating and coordinating in a number of conferences and seminars.

Dr. Fatima Abass Nathar

Dr. Nathar is the assistant dean of the College of Education at Kuwait University for research, consulting and training. She is also a certified trainer at Awan International Group, Kuwait. She holds a doctorate in the philosophy and essentials of early education from the University of Miami, Florida. She also completed 13 specialty credits at Harvard University Medical School, Boston, on the post-traumatic stress disorder and how to deal with children in the midst of violent conflicts. Dr. Nathar was cultural attaché in Washington, D.C., from 2002 till 2009. She also held the post of acting chairman and assistant professor of the Education Principles Department in the College of Education at Kuwait University. She was awarded the prize for extraordinary teaching for 2002 from Kuwait University. She has numerous publications in the field of education, and has lectured in the field of education in Kuwait and in the U.S.A. Her educational interests focus on: family education, the impact of social and cultural factors on teaching and education, research in early education and studies on women, and the outstandingly gifted.

Dr. Ahmed Ouzzi

Dr. Ahmed Ouzzi is professor of higher education and scientific research at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, and professor of psychology and educational sciences and unit director of training and research in developmental educational psychology. As a researcher he is concerned with issues dealing with childhood, adolescence and youth. He has been a visiting professor at many Arab universities and an expert consultant to several international organizations working in the field of education. He organizes and supervises many training courses to prepare teachers and trainers in the Arab World and Africa and has published numerous scientific works in psychology and the educational sciences. He is the director and founder of the Journal of Educational Sciences, a specialized quarterly, as well as the president of the Moroccan Association for Studies on Children. Currently he is working on an encyclopedic dictionary of education and training and research for the Council of Higher Education. He is also a member of the central team of the Arab Knowledge Report for 2010-2011.

Dr. Ramzi Salamé

Dr. Ramzi Salamé is currently in charge of quality assurance operations at St. Joseph University in Beirut. He worked for UNESCO as senior specialist in higher education and training of educators, regional advisor for the reform of educational systems in the Arab states, and acting director of the Regional Bureau for Education in Beirut. He undertook consultancy missions to most of the Arab states, and organized the greater part of the ministerial conferences called for by UNESCO in the Arab region between 1994 and 2008. Dr. Salamé is a graduate of the Lebanese University and the University of Montreal in Canada where he received his doctorate in the educational psychology. He held various university positions in Lebanon and Canada, ultimately attaining professorial rank. He has numerous publications on various issues of higher and general education.