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The Fountain Essay Contest 2021-2022

01/11/2022
The Fountain Essay Contest 2021-2022: REVIVAL After a long dormancy in this Covid era, our lives seem to be taking off for a fresh start. Vaccination is speeding up, people are mostly cautious i...

2020-2021 Essay Contest Winners

06/04/2021
The Covid has dominated our lives this past year in diverse ways; the personal stories you shared for this contest reflect that diversity, yet with a common thread – that we heal when we share. As ...

2020-2021 Essay Contest Top 20

06/01/2021
Let’s fan the fire a bit more! Here is the top 20! Congratulations to all. Top 5 will be announced very soon. We know we all have waited for too long in our homes in 2020 – but please bear with us...

2020-2021 Essay Contest Shortlist

05/30/2021
Here is the shortlist for 2020-2021 Essay Contest “My Covid Story.” Congratulations to everyone who could make it from among a thousand submissions. We are thankful to all participants for sharing...

The Fountain Essay Contest 2020 – 2021

11/07/2020
My COVID-19 Story: Reflections on Life and Human Existence During the Pandemic Submissions to be posted: November 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021 The Coronavirus touched virtually every corner of the g...

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Issue 127

“And not equal are the good deed and the bad” - On Violence, Power, and Peace in Turkey’s Most Disastrous Year

11/01/2017
Why do the most violent people in the world accuse the most peaceful of violence? The last year represents one of the darkest periods in modern Turkish history. In lectures around the world, I onc...

"Ours Is Not a Caravan of Despair" - The Hizmet Movement of Fethullah Gülen and the Common Good – A Perspective from the UK

11/01/2017
The Hizmet (service, in Turkish) movement associated with the Turkish teacher Fethullah Gülen [b. 1941] is part of the emerging “European Islam” which has its own diversity in the expression of Tur...

A Meditation on Persecution

11/01/2017
Among the many gospel hymns and spirituals that have provided strength for a suffering people over the decades, one has stayed with me in recent weeks. That song—sung by the great soul ar...

“Have You No Sense of Decency?” An Open Letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

11/01/2017
Mr. Erdoğan: I have visited your lovely country no less than five times over the past ten years. On four of these visits, members of the Hizmet movement were my guides. I have also proudly been as...

The Gülen Community: Who to Believe – Politicians or Actions?

11/01/2017
In the aftermath of the attempted coup on July 15, 2016, Turkish government has launched an unprecedented purge – with no evidence linking a vast majority of those...

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