Fountain Archive


Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Alvin C. Roseyard

Increasing Brainpower

Brainpower can be defined as intellectual ability combined with intelligence, creativity, and learning ability. The brain is made of living tissues that can restructure itself, and is composed of bill... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed

Music Therapy

In 1944 Edgar Cayce, who healed thousands of people while in a trance state, said "Music is the medicine of the future."(1) Currently, some religious scholars in the Islamic world denounce music. Thi... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Imran Sabir

Indigenous Culture and the Western Concept of Development

The term development is frequently used in third world countries as a normative concept to imply improvement. But who defines improvement? A spontaneous reply might be that œthe norms for improvement ... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Zainab Goonay

Metaphors in Science

Metaphors are generally considered to be poetic linguistic expressions. However, we often use symbolic language and analogies in our daily lives when trying to explain what we see and hear, how we fee... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Suat Namli

Perfect Math in Nature

Although many Qur'anic verses encourage us to search for God's art in nature, probably few of us have ever taken the time to do so. For example, how many of us have ever analyzed the number or arrange... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Steven Krauss

The Destructive Force of Greed

No Qur'anic verse better sums up the world's current condition than this one. Today's world, ruled by unchecked global capitalism, is in grave trouble. Never before has the world seen such a gulf betw... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

The Holy Month of Ramadan

The month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was revealed, a guidance for humanity, clear signs of guidance and the criterion. (2:158) First point: Fasting Ramadan is one of Islam's foremost pillars read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Hamza Balci

Plastic Electronics

The 1981 movie The Graduate ends with a remarkable scene in which Dustin Hoffman (the young college graduate Benjamin) is advised to continue his carrier with plastics. A quarter century later, Benjam... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak

Nature: a book to be contemplated

Nature is a wonderfully designed masterpiece of art. As humanity is in continuous contact with nature, our relationship with it has always been significant. What does nature mean to us? Although we ha... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Dr. Naim F. Erdem

Honesty and Deception

Ethics and accountability have become important themes for modern government, as most countries are experiencing a severe crisis of legitimacy. Increasingly, there is a feeling that performance manage... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Habibe Erkin

Genetic Engineering's impact on our lives

Humanity's efforts to control nature dates back as far as recorded history. However, our mastery over nature has given rise to serious concerns. Some see it as opposing God's word, while others see it... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Dr. Bekir Aksoy

The Status of Dhimmis in the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire recognized three groups of non-Muslim minorities: ahl al-kitab (People of the Book), ahl al-dhimma (protected minorities), and non-Muslims. They are not forced to follow Islamic law... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Gulcin Aydin

Kingdom of Children

Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement Although, there is a lack of theoretical and philosophical background to understand the homeschooling movement I would like to use some philosoph... read more..

Issue 40 (October - December 2002)
Hikmet Isik

Why does God tell Muslims to fast?

Q: Why does God tell Muslims to fast? A: The sparrow hawk's swooping contributes to the sparrow's alertness and evolving skills of escape. Although rain, electricity, or fire sometimes harms people, ... read more..

Issue 41 (January - March 2003)
Jay Willoughby

Editorial (Issue 41)

The end of the year 2002 was a time for personal reflection, for Yom Kippur, Christmas, and Ramadan all remind us of God's relevance to our lives. Although many people follow the paths of science, agn... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Jay Willoughby

Editorial (Issue 39)

Due to recent events, many people are still living under a cloud of fear, worry, and depression. While all of us share these feelings to some extent, life must go on. In this issue, we focus on some o... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Kemal Karpat

Terror Beyond Terrorism

A few theories have been proposed about the September 11th attacks upon New York and Washington, DC. Questions waiting to be answered are the identities of the perpetrators, why they did it and what t... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Anatoli Ivanovic Guser

International Cooperation Against Terror

The September 11th tragedy was not unexpected by all who are interested in œterror as a subject matter. What really was unexpected was the attacks method, dimension, and nature, and even more so the f... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Keith Haynes

September Eleven

I am not sure we will ever know the truth about the causes of this terrible tragedy. There are a lot of things we still do not know and may never know. I do not know what happened as far as who is res... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Abraham Iron

Mutual Identity For Peace

Despite all the scientific and technological advances achieved during the twentieth century, it is a tragic fact that the problem of terrorism has not been solved and remains a real factor in our dail... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Abis Kekilbayev

Threatening Humanity's Destiny

We live on a planet that is not so large as we imagine it to be. We cannot isolate ourselves from the influence of other people. In the past, this reality seems to have been acknowledged only by wise ... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Soso Tsintsadze

Politics in the use of Terrorism

Since the assassination of Caesar, terrorism has continued to appear in the political arena as an ever-developing universal disease. This poisoned dagger was left among the pages of historical novels ... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Rastislav B. Ribakov

September 11: An Act of Violence

I have not yet comprehended why the American and European media have chosen to interpret this violent attack in the way that they have. For instance, why are we arguing about Islam? No evidence has be... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Sebnem Unlu


Prayer is a call, an entreaty from the small to the great, from below to above, from Earth and other terrestrial bodies to beyond the heavens. It is a turning, an asking, a pleading, and a revealing read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Kadir Can

From Cell to Body

Living creatures, which are arranged in an organization by a hierarchic system of non-living matter, are combinations of syst eachms within other. Each level contains unique systemic arrangements. Ho... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Esen E. Celik

Freedom, Liberty and Independence

People have sought for freedom ever since humanity was created. This search was pursued by perceiving their willpower and trying to realize it fully, and sometimes by struggling with religion, customs... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Sezai Sablak

Privacy under Surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right in diverse regions and cultures. It has become one of the modern age's most important human rights issues. Even though nearly every country has a right to privacy read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Dr. Ahmet Ertugrul

The Dark Side of Harry Potter

There has been a new wave of increasing violence in children's films, books, and toys. This concept of incorporating violence deep in the souls with the paradigm to accept ' the other' as the enemy h read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Alphonse Dougan

Biorhythms and Time Management

And We made your sleep to be rest (to you) and the night to be a covering. (Qur'an 78:9-10)Most time management experts agree that the essence of time management is self-management. A successful time ... read more..

Issue 39 (July - September 2002)
Huseyin Faruk Coskun

Christianity in the Qur'anic Prospect

This article discusses how the Quran interprets Christianity. However, before we get started, I would like to remind readers of the four essential sources of Islamic legislation. These are, in order read more..

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