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A.M. Al-Refai Library Launches 12th Edition of Excelsior

21 November 2019

GUST celebrated the release of the twelth volume of Excelsior at the A.M Al-Refai Library, as well as the publication of nine works by faculty members. Present at the event were GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra,  VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Fahed Al Sumait,  Ms. Shobhita Kohli, Library Director, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ali Ansari, Excelsior committee members, and GUST’s faculty, staff and students. The principle objective of the publication is to allow GUST community to express their creativity and knowledge in the forms of original short stories and other prose, poetry, art, or combinations thereof.


Following the traditional Excelsior ribbon cutting ceremony,  the books authored or edited by faculty members were presented.  This year, the books were: 


  1. Right-Wing Alternative Media by Dr. Kristoffer Holt
  2. Media and Journalism in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. Kristoffer Holt
  3. Contested Modernity; Sectarianism, Nationalism, and Colonialism in Bahrain by Dr. Omar H. AlShehabi
  4. Public Relations in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: An Arab Perspective editied by Dr. Talal M Almutairi and Dr. Ali Dhasti
  5. Plotinus and Moving Image by Dr. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
  6. The Political Aesthetics of ISIS and Italian Futurism by Dr. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
  7. Reading for University Chapter by Michael F. McMurray, by Dr. Cathy Daniel, and Najebah Marafie
  8. Maqamat Badi' az-Zaman al-Hamadhani (مـقـامـات بـديـع الـزمـان الـحـمـدانـي by Dr. Ayman Bakr)
  9. Waqf (Endowments) and Its Impact on Education edited by Dr. Salah Eddine Arkadan



The ceremony cements the position of the Library as an indispensable pillar thast is the core of GUST as a hub for knowledge.