November 29, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Pre-recorded event

The Middle East Institute (MEI) was pleased to host a conversation with the founders of the Hindawi Foundation, the largest free online library for Arabic speakers. The founders will share with us their journey into buying the copyrights, translating and constructing a cultural edifice of books that includes literature, science, history, philosophy and much more. This digital space of knowledge is one of very few stories to come out of the region in the last decade. 

The Hindawi Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to spread knowledge and culture, and instill a love of reading among Arabic speakers.


Nagwa Abdel-Mottaleb and Ahmed Hindawi 
Nagwa Abdel-Mottaleb has a PhD in Mathematics. Ahmed Hindawi has a PhD in Physics. Nagwa and Ahmed co-founded Hindawi Limited (an open access journal publisher) in 1997, Hindawi Foundation (a non-for-profit promoting education and culture to all Arabic speaking individuals and communities) in 2008, and Nagwa Limited (an EdTech company) in 2015. 

Nadia Oweidat, moderator
Nadia Oweidat is an academic specializing in the religions, cultures, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa. An intellectual historian, she serves as an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University and a Senior Non-Resident Middle East Fellow at New America. She is a 2021-22 Fellow at the Wilson Center. Dr. Oweidat holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford (2014) as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Wyoming and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Jordan.

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