Fountain Archive


Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Amy Wilson


Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America there is not an Islamic word used more commonly in daily life than jihad. Jihad has appeared regularly in news broadcasts... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Rida (Resignation)

Resignation means showing no rancor or rebellion against misfortune, and accepting all manifestations of destiny without complaint and even better peacefully. In other words, one should welcome all th... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Frances M. Leap

Rocks or Rainbows: Lessons for Interreligious Dialogue

More than two decades ago, as a new professor at a small college, I was assigned a course that included a unit on non-Christian religious traditions. Since I had little background myself in this area,... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Bishop Demetrios Of Mokissos

The Art of Living Together

  At the onset of the twenty-first century, a new relationship is being forged between my own Greek Orthodox Christian community and the Turkish Muslim community of the United States. That such a dia... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
B. Jill Carroll

The Challenge of Peaceful Coexistence

'Peaceful coexistence is the most important project of our era. But we cannot do it alone or in isolation; we must do it together.' The world has become very small. Mass communications, mass tra read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Sumeyra Tosun / Kelli Angelone

Geography of Friendship

Two Poems and Some Thoughts Recently I was reading a book called The Geography of Thought. To my surprise, the author claimed that Eastern and Western people had different types of cognition, meaning... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Fatma Yilmaz

America's Potential for Peace

On the evening of September 11, 2010, nine Christian women gathered in a prayer circle in the basement of a small Midwest church, and were asked to reflect on where they have been spiritually since 9/... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Kamil Ezgin

Drinking Water from the Sea: Polymeric Membranes for Desalination

One billion people in the world live in water-stressed areas, and RO membrane technology is the leading desalination technology to overcome the problem of insufficient clean water. Today, more than 1... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz

It's Us Peter, Your Blood Vessels

Dear Peter, the Heart talked about itself so much that we thought it would never let us speak. Yes, the heart functions as a fabulous pump, but it is nothing by itself. We find our value in cooperatio... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Hikmet Isik

Divine Support and Ensuring Its Continuation

Question: God Almighty has graced us with a great deal of possibilities to serve humanity. What would you recommend so that this holy grace and benediction upon us shall not be stopped? I think we a... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
The Fountain

Epidermal electronics

1- Epidermal electronics Original Article: Kim, D-H et al., Science 333, 838 (2011). We often see patients in hospitals with many cables attached to their bodies. Now there is hope to replace these read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Ihsan Orhan

Is Humanity Dead?

"A once-in-a-lifetime event" or "the worst for 60 years" is how the drought in Africa today is being described. Among the most affected countries are Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Over 30,000 children read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Sebnem Unlu

The life and journey of a leaf

I was created as a small bud on the dry branch of a huge oak tree. The oak tree is a great entity that protects me from being stepped on or eaten by animals. I serve life in many ways: I provide shade... read more..

Issue 83 (September - October 2011)
Mahshid Turner

Prayer and Healing in Islam

Title: Prayer and Healing in IslamAuthor: Salih YucelTughra Books2010978-1-59784-242-6 In the past few decades many studies and articles on the subject of religion, spirituality and health, from both... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
The Fountain


A documentary released in June depicted an assisted suicide. The man on the show was a millionaire, and sitting next to him was his wife as he drank the poison given to him by a doctor. Although the m... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Truth, Rights, and More

The Truth is one of the beautiful of names of the Divine, al-Haqq, which is linguistically both an infinitive and an adjective. Some of the meanings that flash through from the shade of the Truth are ... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Allen S. Maller

Fasting on Ramadan and Yom Kippur

I am a Reform rabbi who has been studying Islam for more than 50 years. Reform Judaism is the largest branch of the three major denominations of Jews in America. I think it is vitally important for ou... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Anwar Alam

Civic Service Without Borders

The Gulen Movement: Civic Service without BordersMuhammed ÇetinNew York: Blue Dome Press, 2009ISBN: 978-1-935295-08-2Hardcover, US$ 18.95400 pages “[The Gulen Movement] educates and socializes indi... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Cagri Sakalar

Functional Art in the Nucleus: DNA

Volumes of books and hundreds of articles have been published about the structure and functions of DNA, since the day two renowned scientists from Cold Spring Harbor laboratories, who would later win ... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Seth Mette

Big Germination

It was one of those chilly but lively mornings of spring. Everything was as expected: creeks were flowing, birds were flying, insects were waking up to a new life, and trees in the forest were silentl... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Y. Alp Aslandogan

The Anchoring Effect How Our Prior Knowledge Affects Our Perception

Evaluations and decisions play an important role in our social life. As we want our evaluations to be accurate and decisions to be fair, so we also want the evaluations of others about us to be accura... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Ali Fethi Toprak

Rebuilding the Heart: Regeneration

Regeneration is the ability to restore and renew lost or damaged tissues or organs. The body is equipped with several strategies to regenerate, including the rearrangement of pre-existing tissue, the ... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Mary Lahaj

At God's Door: A New Life

Going over it in her mind, she had to admit that George was probably right—she shouldn’t have this baby because she had no means to provide for its livelihood. Here she was, sitting on the floor in he... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Sabr (Patience)

Sabr literally means enduring, bearing, and resisting pain; suffering and difficulty; and dealing calmly with problems. In more general terms it means patience, which is one of the most important acti... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Frank Merchant

It's Not So Futile After All!

Have you ever taken apart an electronic device in order to fix it? If so, you’ll recall that sometimes, when you reassemble the device completely, one screw or piece remains in your hand and you don’t... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Kara Potter

Islamic Relations with Jews and Christians

The Qur’an expresses a range of positive and negative attitudes toward Jews and Christians. The doctrine found in these verses dictates how the Qur’anic law requires Muslims to treat Jews and Christia... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Safiye Arslan

Resurrection Plants

Tulips, sunflowers, roses, lilies, carnations, daisies, peas, eggplants, apple trees, and even bouquets of cut flowers for a loved one need water to survive. Water is vital to plant for its growth, de... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Jon Pahl

The Fountain: Metaphor and Magazine

I read The Fountain as a Christian. Consequently, the magazine’s title is a rich metaphor. For Christians, a Fountain points to God as our Source, as “Living Waters.” That Source also can dissolve our... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Nuri Delen

The Great Questions of Existence

Throughout the ages, human beings have yearned to know how the universe came to exist and what role we play in this vast world with its limitations of space and time. It has been said that the discipl... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz

It's me Peter, your liver!

Dear Peter, as one of your organs of vital importance, I have a couple of words to say to you. I do not make any noise like the heart or stomach. Neither do I produce electric waves like the brain. Th... read more..

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