Prof. Alkhateeb Edits New Reference Book on Qatar
June 12, 2019
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Haitham Alkhateeb, professor of mathematics and director of the mathematics program in the University of Baltimore's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, has edited the new book, Qatar: Political, Economic and Social Issues. The book is organized into three main themes—political, economic and social issues—that are suitable as a reference work for advanced undergraduate, postgraduate students, and scholars actively researching in these areas.
With this book, readers will broaden their understanding of the Gulf region and gain insights into this important nation, which is nearly surrounded by the sea but increasingly at the forefront of global change.
Qatar: Political, Economic, and Social Issues consists of 20 chapters and is authored by 23 contributors, including two chapters by Prof. Alkhateeb. The book discusses Qatar's regional challenges, including branding the country and the effects of the siege imposed on it by neighboring Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.
Other topics include Qatar as it transforms to a knowledge-based economy, urban planning, Qatar's announced hosting of the 2022 FIFA Word Cup (the first country in the Middle East to do so), the country's economic history, the need for a new policy on language, its national identity, and declared language policies.
A highlight of the book is an exploration of the Qatar National Vision 2030, a plan to "transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development" by 2030. The book also examines Qatar's educational system, its reforms in K-12 and higher education, the role of education in the 21st century, undergraduate university students' approaches and study skills, and challenges facing Qatar's youth from a mental health perspective.
Prof. Alkhateeb is a proven leader in his field. In 2017, he was appointed to the Mathematics Advisory Group of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics, a nationwide organization that aims to effect constructive change in mathematics education in U.S. community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities.