In this informative book, Dean Daghir presents a well-documented history of agricultural education at AUB from the early part of the twentieth century to the current day. This account is preceded by an introductory chapter on the history of agriculture in the Levant, widely considered to be one of the areas where human beings first transformed from hunter-gatherers to farmers. This book is a rich testimony to the contributions of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) and its graduates toward development in the Middle East region. The book will be of interest not only to former and current FAFS students, faculty, and staff members, but also to all those interested in AUB and its growth over the years.
This is a detailed examination of Chapter Five of the Third Treatise of Jamshīd Ghiyāth al-Dīn al-Kāshī (al-Kāshānī, d. 1429) from his book, The Key to Arithmetic (Miftāḥ al-Ḥisāb), also known as The Computers' Key (Miftāḥ al-Ḥussāb). A facsimile of the original manuscript is reproduced in Chapter Three of the text, along with an opposite-page translation and commentary. A sexagesimal multiplication table, useful to those engaged in computations from Babylonian, Greek, Arabic, and Byzantine scientific writings, is included in a back pocket of the book.
This book incorporates the descriptive findings of a survey conducted by the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut as part of its efforts to establish a population laboratory in the city of Beirut. The Lebanese Civil War led to the disintegration of the crude health information system available prior to that time; thus this survey generates a unique dataset about a city and its population at a midpoint in the war. By recording the methodological and organizational issues faced during the war, the book serves as a reference source for courses and other training activities in health research. Its findings will interest public health workers, ministries of health, and the staffs of a variety of international agencies.
These are the findings of a ten-year follow-up study to the “1984 Beirut." This book provides a rich array of statistics and information as well as comparative data on the population of Beirut at two different points in time. Changes in demographics and health statuses, use of health services, and the prevalence of chronic and acute diseases are assessed. In addition to providing data unique to a city that had recently experienced fifteen years of civil war, the book describes approaches useful to students of survey methodology. In a country that has lacked reliable health information systems for much of its existence, these surveys present a valuable alternative for the development of future health care services. Lists of figures and tables, chapter abstracts, and questionnaires are presented in both English and Arabic.
Food Composition has been a popular nutritional resource for more than 40 years. It is an informative handbook for both specialists and laymen and all those interested in Middle Eastern foods and their nutritive value. In addition to presenting valuable nutritional information, the book also provides helpful translations in English and Arabic of the names of many food items. In addition to the food composition tables, the book includes 104 recipes for Middle Eastern dishes and their nutritional composition. Nine appendices complete the work.
This compilation of articles by E. S. Kennedy, many of them joint publications with his students at AUB, covers a wide range of topics within the fields of Islamic astronomy, astrology, and mathematics.