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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...

Sacrifice: Means of Becoming Closer to God

07/30/2020
Eid of Sacrifice is not only an act of worship observed individually in the form of sharing meat with those in close proximity; it is an important means of reaching into hearts in different parts o...

2019-2020 Essay Contest Winners

06/03/2020
We read over a thousand of your stories over the past 3 months that detailed the hardships, challenges, and struggles that many of you have endured and are still facing. Your tales of persistence, ...

2019-2020 Essay Contest Shortlist Top 60

05/31/2020
Here comes the top 60 who made it out of thousands of submissions. We congratulate all for their talents and for sharing their stories with us. Winners will be announced from among the top 20 in ne...

“Fasting” Throughout the Year

05/22/2020
The holy month of Ramadan is getting to a close. Muslims who have made it through are thankful that they have been able to do so, hopefully renewed and reformed, not only in terms of losing a coupl...

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Issue 127

Erdoğan’s Fight against the Gülen Movement & The Demise of Turkish State Rationality

11/01/2017
Since the corruption scandal of December 2013, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged an all-out war against the Gülen (or Hizmet) movement. The anti-Gülenist campaign started w...

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...

What Went Wrong With Turkey?

11/01/2017
Asli recounts how her mother-in-law recently caught her six-year-old son stealing a pomegranate from the neighbour’s tree. When she asked her grandson why he was stealing, he replied: "I’m stealing...

"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...

Turkey’s Coup That Was Never a Coup

11/01/2017
Note: I first wrote most of the words that follow these in August, 2016, a month after the “coup” in Turkey. Between then and now, things in that splendid country have only gotten worse, and there ...

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