Fountain Archive

January 2011

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
The Fountain
4651

Peacebuilding

Everything has a price; in particular, things as precious as peace always come at a heavy cost. Peace is a constructive effort. And building is a gradual activity, one brick after another; it takes ti... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5964

Dreamy World of the Past

The grace and flavor of our legendary glorious past does no longer exist in a great many people and in most of the places. Just like our thoughts and feelings, our joys, pleasures and philosophy of li... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Ebubekir Pasazade
4798

Mushroom: A Unique Blessing

Until recently fungi used to be considered plants. Today, due to their unique qualities, fungi have now been categorized as a separate kingdom, in addition to animals and plants. Among the fungi are n... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Stanley Ridge
5088

Faith, Theology and Service in Peacebuilding

Review by Stanley RidgeFethullah Gulen’s work and thinking starts and ends in faith. In a world that commonly extends conflict by speaking of religion either in stereotyped or in ideologized terms, th... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Sumeyra Dural Cokavci
7244

Sweeter Than Sugar, Black as Night, Healing as Medicine

Imagine a substance that’s fifty times sweeter than sugar and flexible enough to use as a shoelace or a jump rope. Just like plastic, this substance can be shaped into tiny bears, cats, Scottie dogs, ... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Nuh Aydin
8673

Islamic Science and Making of the European Renaissance

George Saliba is a professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University in New York, USA. He is an expert on the history of science, especially astronomy and mathematical sciences. On his we... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Sebnem Unlu
4286

My Dear Joseph

“My dear Joseph …” These were the words of Jacob as he wept for his beloved, trustful and humble son Joseph, whom his brothers alleged was eaten by a wolf. They showed him a shirt soiled with some blo... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Jennifer Knight-ari
5613

Each Child Is Born Knowing God

She remembered the day when the world stopped being beautiful.As a child of 11, Rebecca thought she was going blind. There was a Japanese plum tree in her front yard, and its leaves seemed duller than... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3897

Sidq (Truthfulness)

Meaning true thought, true words and true actions, sidq is reflected in the life of a traveler on the path to God as follows: he or she does not lie or tell a falsehood, lives according to truthfulnes... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3519

The Luminous Riders

The luminous riders, divine light on their facesWith fire in their hearts and a blissful composureThey take everywhere armfuls of peace Inside their eyes dews of infinity appearThe luminous riders, di... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Halil I. Demir
4422

Second Life or Afterlife?

What would you think if you overheard two people talking about Second Life? Although this may sound like the afterlife to most, that is, where, after facing the Judgment of God humans will be either a... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
4270

The Story of a Lie

“Take these trousers to Kristina, the old seamstress,” my teacher instructed me, “and tell her they need mending. I have also put some extra fabric in the bag,” she added. This wasn’t the first time I... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Colin Turner
4567

Renewal in Belief: A Model for Modern Times

If the definitive history of twentieth century Islamic movements is ever written, one wonders whether its author would be both perspicacious and brave enough to argue a point which, while held in priv... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Safiye Arslan
3548

A Well-designed On/Off Switch for the Cellular Pathways

In living cells, ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a key molecule, which is transcribed from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and was known to function in the protein synthesis, since its new properties such as RN... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Nathan Ruler
14218

Kant on Causality: A Critical Approach

Immanuel Kant shaped modern philosophy enormously and determined its way towards today. There are two main strands in contemporary Western philosophy: analytic philosophy, which is widely practiced in... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
4124

It's me Peter, your kidney!

Dear Peter, in the earlier issues my friends heart and stomach spoke with you and I patiently waited for my turn. I am located at the waist level to the right of the spine and my twin left kidney on t... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Hikmet Isik
3698

Vacations

Question: How should we make use of our vacations to dispel fatigue and boredom arising from our regular occupations? Even if work done is for the sake of good, if it does not occasionally add color t... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
The Fountain
4272

Your sleep shapes your hair

1- Your sleep shapes your hairOriginal Article: Akashi M. et al., PNAS 107, 15643 (2010).Feeling sleepy during the day after a long flight? Internal body clock genes are to blame. Circadian (Latin: “a read more..

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