And remember the Farewell Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Besides laying down the first human rights declaration, this sermon triggered a centrifugal force of social mobilization. Most of the Companions of the Prophet left the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to spread the divine message to other nations.
The lead article in this issue stresses the cosmic significance “speech” holds for our life. Kursat Oz discusses the importance of “rhetoric” by giving the example of two figures who have contributed to social changes in societies: the Nobel-awarded economic solution by Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, and an educational movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen, a renowned Turkish scholar.
Professor Cakmak reminds us the aesthetics in God’s creation in his “Writing with Atoms.” Comparing the relationships and similarities between the universe (macro level), humanity (normo level), and the atomic structure (micro level), Cakmak encourages the readers to contemplate the beauty around us.
In this issue, we witness the tragic report by Ayse Coskun on the rapid spread of HIV across continents. Salih Uslu draws our attention to the relationship between physical cleanliness and moral purity, and cites examples from the practices of different religions.
Esref Sami helps us deepen our contemplation on the marvelous works of art around us with an extensive study of the perfect design of Venus’ flower baskets. S. Utku Ay’s work on camera chips shows us how, despite great advances in technology, we can only partially imitate the human eye.