User talk:Maha Odeh

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Hello, Maha Odeh, and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the New contributors' help page, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{helpme}} and your question on your user talk page, and someone will show up shortly to answer. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Help please[edit]

Hello Maha Odeh, I am a journalist at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi (, we circulate throughout the Middle East.

I noticed your name on the list of Arab Wikipedians and wonder if you would be interested in talking to me for an article.

It is about the recently proposed changes to the Wikipedia editing rules (

If you are interested in talking to me, please email me on: (preferably with a phone number) as soon as possible. Also please include your location.

Many thanks, Oliver Good. Olivergood (talk) 10:44, 15 March 2009 (UTC) Olivergood 14:43, 15 March 2009 (GMT+4)

Wikiproject Iraq[edit]

Welcome to wikipedia. I saw your grerat edits to Mansour District. Thanks! If you are interested in getting involved in Wikipedia:WikiProject Iraq that might be a good fit for you. Also, I could use some help cleaning upList_of_neighborhoods_and_districts_in_Baghdad. Peace, MPS 14:02, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Birthplace of Imam Ahmad[edit]

Salam 'alaikum sister, I was wondering if we could get some citation for the birthplace of Imam Ahmad. I have some biographies of him but they are not with me right now so I am not sure exactly where he was born. MezzoMezzo 15:05, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

Ahmad ibn Hanbal[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions in a content dispute within a 24 hour period. Additionally, users who perform a large number of reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring, even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. If you continue, you may be blocked from editing. Please do not repeatedly revert edits, but use the talk page to work towards wording and content which gains a consensus among editors. --Vonones 06:05, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Thank you. --Vonones 06:14, 19 August 2007 (UTC)


Regarding the last paragraph of this comment [1], please be respectful and mind theWP:NPA policy, comment on the content of the articles, not the other editors. --Mardavich 06:13, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. Some sources say that his mother became pregnant in Merv, but gave birth in Baghdad. There are also a few sources that say he was of "Arab background", while other sources call him of "Persian background". For the sake of NPOV, and in order to compromise, we could report both versions in a neutral manner, I'll re-write the section tomorrow.--Mardavich 06:27, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Arab Wiki project[edit]

Are you interested ... Sign up then! [2] --Aziz1005 03:32, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Arab article[edit]

As I did read this article, it contains a lot of unusual information, propagandistic views and weasel words in the article Arab. I therefore would like to get a group with me who are able to rewrite this article in a best way to get best results. Anyone who want to join our team add your name below in the Arab Talk page. Please note that after the team has gathered, we will place "under-progress" tag. Irqirq 14:50, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi Maha. You can just add your name and country of origin only if you wish. There are some people who oppose the forming of the team, We need as much people as possible to make any major changes thanks for your concern about the major problem we deal with in the Arab article Irqirq 07:24, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

The newest WikiProject[edit]

Please use edit summaries[edit]

Hello. Please be courteous to other editors and use edit summaries when updating articles. The Mathbot tool shows your usage of edit summaries to be extremely low:

Edit summary usage for Maha Odeh: 10% for major edits and 40% for minor edits. Based on the last 116 major and 5 minor edits in the article namespace.

Using edit summaries helps other editors quickly understand your edits, which is especially useful when you make changes to articles that are on others' watchlists. Thanks and happy editing! --Kralizec! (talk) 17:15, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

double {{OR}} over at Mihrab[edit]

Your comments on Talk:Mihrab suggest that you have the expertise to address the OR issues noted on the talk page. Even if not, your input would certainly be useful. Thanks. -- Fullstop 23:43, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Maha for your the work you put into digging up that material. I have incorporated your material into a rewrite of what was evidently mostly made up by someone. It would however be great if you could insert <ref></ref> citations at the appropriate points in the article. -- Fullstop 17:58, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Egyptian Arabic (Maṣrī مصري) is an Arabic dialect.

  • The only language to branch out of Arabic is Maltese. Can you please help me organize these articles?.

Arabic dialect has to be clearly added in the infobox an openning sentence so it dont get confused as a language!--Skatewalk 03:07, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

Attempts to reduce the Arabic language status[edit]

A user known for his/her Anti-Arab agenda made it his/her mission to claim that all Arabic dialects are independent languages, starting with Egyptian Arabic dialect. Egyptian Arabic (Maṣrī مصري) is an Arabic dialect. has to be clearly emphasized in the Egyptian Arabic article

  • The only language to branch out of Arabic is Maltese. Can you please help me organize these articles?.

Arabic dialect has to be clearly added in the infobox an openning sentence so it dont get confused as a language!--Skatewalk 20:35, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

So we speak 22 languages?[edit]

Can you please help Zerida (and her sock-puppets) understand that Egyptian Arabic is a dialect, I think she is already taking it personal! (Egyptian Arabic)I mean once they declare every dialect a Language I will have a beautiful resume with 22 languages on it, but as of now unfortunately the constituition of Egypt and every Arab nation only recognizes one Arabic language as the only Arabic language!--Skatewalk 18:05, 15 September 2007 (UTC)


Hello Maha, I see you are an Iraqi :) , could you please help edit this article [3]? and [4]?, It seems it really a alot of work, thanks in advance. Nick10000 07:30, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Well actually its not my WIki. Some groups are trying make a complete ethnic group wiki. Well don't worry, everything is in a positive way, nothing racism. Its goal is to just make different ethnic groups to know each other better. I hope this help. Thanks Nick10000 08:02, 16 September 2007 (UTC)


About this [5] - Just put an article-wide one at the top if there is a problem. Also, be sure to bring up your objections at the talk page, or else the tags will soon be removed without solving whatever problem. Regards, The Behnam 14:54, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

List of Arabic Names (Old Version)[edit]

I just noticed what had happened to the Arabic name list, and from the discussion page it looked like you were a major contributor to the old, and far better, version. Since you don't allow for contact by e-mail, I figured I'd ask through this venue: Do you happen to have any of the material you contributed to the old version of the article lying around on your hard drive? If so, I'd much appreciate it if you could send it to me via email, just follow the link to my user page, etc. And even if you don't have any of the material left, please let me know that as well.

--Dsprag 00:49, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Muslim Feminist?[edit]

How can you be both? Reading some text, I found the following...

Sura (4:11) [6] - "The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females"

Sura (2:228)[7] - "and the men are a degree above them [women]"

Sura (24:31)[8] - Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye.

Sura 2:282 [9] - A woman's testimony is worth only half that of a man's in court.

Sura (24:13) [10] - Proving rape requires 4 male witnesses "Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah."

I realize I may sound vile or horribly condescending. But the more I read the more difficult it seems to be a real feminist Muslim. I only know one side of this issue, can you explain the other? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Phfor (talkcontribs) 04:32, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

Souk references[edit]

Could you please add your sources to the text you added to souk? --Busy Stubber (talk) 15:11, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

post a hot picture of urself[edit]

WE ALL LOVE NASTY ARAB BABES! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fff33f3 (talkcontribs) 00:35, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

School leaving age[edit]

Hi I see you're from Iraq and Palestine and can speak english. I am trying to improve the article School leaving age. There is no data for Iraq or Palestine on here. I don't suppose you could tell me the school leaving age and employment age in Iraq and Palestine, thanks. --Bsrboy 14:48, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Templates for deletion nomination of Template:Infobox Arabperson[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svgTemplate:Infobox Arabperson has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for Deletion page. Thank you. Locos epraix ~ Beastepraix 19:06, 28 August 2009 (UTC)


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WikiWomen's Collaborative[edit]

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Arab People[edit]

Hello. I have seen that you made some very good contributions on the Bedouin talk page, and you clearly know your stuff about our people (Arabs). Can I please request that you help me out on improving that article, if you have the time and energy to spare? The article on Arab People seems to have somehow been corrupted into an article about the people in the Arab world (Kurds, Berbers etc.), each of whom already have a page dedicated to them. As I hope you also know, the article is also being plagued by Nationalism - based on the fictitious countries created post WW1, and hordes of Arab Nationalists with identity crises trying to prove that Arabs are infact a Panethnicity made from smaller non-existant ethnicities like "Jordanian" etc... I have written a message there expressing what I know so far about the Arab people here: Regardless if you agree with me or not, can I again please ask for any help you can contribute to help fix this important, yet terribly written article? Many thanks. SaSH172 (talk) 03:24, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Bedouin and Arab articles[edit]

Hello, I have seen some of your contributions in the Bedouin talk page, and you certainly seem very knowledgeable on the subject. Sadly, I am sure you're aware, both articles are plagued with ridiculous unsourced, or badly sourced claims that seem designed to further the agendas of various anti-Arab Middle-Eastern nationalists and proponets of racial pseudo-science. I'd just like to bring to your attention, and I'd greatly appreciate your help with, the opening sentences of both articles:

- On the Bedouin article, someone keeps editting it to state that they are a "ethnocultural group", something which is synonymous with ethnoreligious groups - something whih Bedouins clearly aren't (there are multiple faiths as far as I know). I have started a section for it in the Talk section, but whoever is editting isn't engaging in discussion.
- The lead to the Arab page states that Arabs are a Pan-Ethnic group, with the source being the writings of one medical doctor, whose claims are not echoed anywhere else. If Arabs are indeed a Pan-Etnic group, how could we distinguish the Arab-speaks whose origins aren't the Arabian Peninsula, from those who originated from there? The article seems more geared to representing the former group, and people like the Berbers, who have their own article, than Arabs who originate from the tribes of Arabia.

Many thanks for your time and help. SaSH172 (talk) 16:47, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

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Women in Red World Contest[edit]

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