Fountain Archive


Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
The Fountain

Outside the agenda

The world agenda is occupied with all kinds of things: the US presidential elections, Syrian massacre, economic fallout in Europe, instability in the Middle East in the course of the Arab spring... Th... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen


Today, scientific developments have reached unparalleled speed and level as we stumble upon a new surprising invention or discovery every day. It can be argued that more new inventions and discoveries... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Ali Fethi Toprak

Yonder Mystery of Bones and Reproduction

For many years, scientists thought that women were born with a limited number of oocytes (eggs) in the ovary, estimating around three thousands oocytes. This number declines by time until the age of f... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Alpaslan Sahin

Advanced Placement Phenomenon

Two national news magazines, U.S. News and Newsweek, annually publish lists of America's Best High Schools. While Newsweek takes the total Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Safiye Arslan

Can Plants Talk?

Plants come across with numerous organisms in their natural environment. So how do plants communicate with all these organisms such as other plants, herbivores, predators of herbivores, and even thems... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Juan Fernando Lucio

From Modernity to Post Modernity: The Importance of Faith in a Changing World

In his essay Postmodern Knowledge, French philosopher, Jean Francois Lyotard defined post modernism as the series of changes in the way we view culture, literature and science since the end of the nin... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Hamza Aydin

Hunger Management and Survival

Hunger poses a danger to life, however dehydration is fatal. Although the energy obtained from nutrients become fuel for the organism, water functions like engine oil making it one of the essential el... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Margaret A. Johnson

The Hajj: Reflections from Mina

This article does not encompass the entire Hajj ritual, most notably leaving out umrah and visiting the Ka'ba. Rather the author reflects on a rarely written-about portion of the Hajj-the time spent i... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Osman Cakmak

The Sun and its Distinctive Position

Every morning and evening we witness the sunrise and the sunset in a colorful play. Luminous stars virtually hover over us like a parade during the night. We do not even notice the revolution of the e... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Dorothy C. Buck

Louis Massignon: A Tribute to a Pioneer in Interfaith Relations

Fifty years ago the renowned French Catholic scholar of Islam and the Islamic world, Louis Massignon, died on October 31,1962. He left a legacy of books, articles and lectures, many of which are dedi... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Ihsan (Perfect Goodness)

Ihsan two literal meanings, doing something well and perfectly and doing someone a favor; it is sometimes used in the Qur'an and the Sunna with either meaning. At other times, as pointed out in the re... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Yunus Emre

A Lesson, If You Wish to Listen

They had so much wealth and goods,Come and see them in their graves.Only a large shirt is their shareAnd even those, without sleevesDignitaries they had beenWith servants standing before themNow come ... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Fethiye Ozis

Living Green: How Much Do I Need to Suffer for It?

Fewer disposables. Fewer climate-changing green house gases. Fewer containers of trash. Fewer acres of ecological footprint. However, more local solutions. More conscious choices. More green alternati... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Theodore Albert Metzler

Questions Concerning Robots That "Care"

Robots that "care" are no longer merely science fiction ...Producing machines that look and behave like people seems to be a human project with a long history. Mention of a Jewish Rabbi producing an i... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Douglas Golding

The Four Bs of Religion

Some people assert that all religions are much the same, for better or for worse. Others will insist that their religion is unique, or that their religion is the only way to God.In 1989, in his class... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Fuad Canoglu

Of Frogs and Men: Perspectives on the Principle of Gradualness

We humans are inclined to be hasty, and wish to do what we want in a rush. We like to doing things quickly, cheaply, and still want them the highest quality. Certain matters in life truly require spee... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Ihsan Kose

Why Is Cancer a Complex Disease?

The chaos theory, first introduced by Edward Lorentz, offers new horizons for economists, meteorologists, seismologist and scientists studying in other branches regarding the problems they have been s... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Erkan Kurt

The Messenger of Mercy

I was invited a while ago to a meeting in Little Rock which was held on the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The audience watched a video entitled The Universal Mercy telling about ho... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
Hikmet Isik

Seeking Forgiveness in the Service of God

Question: Why is seeking forgiveness needed even right after a good work in the service of God? It is very likely for us human beings to lapse or sin even during actions that are meant to serve the go... read more..

Issue 90 (November - December 2012)
The Fountain

Childhood environment leaves its mark on DNA

Childhood environment leaves its mark on DNAFactors underlying variable DNA methylation in a human community cohort. L.L. Lam et al. PNAS October 16, 2012 vol. 109The effect of environment on genes ca... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
The Fountain

Peacebuilding through Education

The Fountain is partnering this month with the Peace Islands Institute of New York for the "Peacebuilding through Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Cases" conference on September 24th (details ar... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen

What Generations Expect from Education

What do we mean when we mention education and training in relation to our current and future generations? How should we teach our values to new generations and who is to undertake this sacred duty? We... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Halil I. Demir

Religious Inspirations and Scientific Inventions

What exactly is it that inspires us, say, to write a beautiful poem or an article, or the next big idea that will change our life? There is no short answer for this question, for inspirations may come... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Fethiye Ozis

Energy and Environmental Issues: A Comparative Study for Turkey and the U.S.

Inevitably, energy is one of the key issues currently effecting economic development in much of the modern world. The fact that fossil fuels are non-renewable and have detrimental effects on the envir... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Seth Mette

Remembering the Super Victim: A Letter from a Villain's Mom to a Superhero

My husband had never been a family man; he was always focused and devoted to his work. For him, a successful business meant power and that family was only a minor obligation. There were many times whe... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Rev. Dr. Pachomius Okogie

The Medicine for This Sickness: A Reaction to the Recent Violence and Killings in Nigeria

These days, we are witnessing a kind of violence never before heard of in our land. Young men and women are planting bombs in public places, and even blowing themselves up, using themselves as fatal ... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Rev. Fr. D Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua

Basis for Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Whenever I watch and read about killings and terrorism in the name of religion today, the music of our dear sister of blessed memory, Christy Essien Igbokwe re-echoes on and on akin to a heart-rending... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Ihsan Ali / Ahmet Guclu

Ibn Sina: An Exemplary Scientist

Ibn Sina (known as Avicenna in Latin and in the West) in his masterpiece The Canon of Medicine (United States National Library of Medicine, MS A 53) states that "Body secretions of a host organism (e.... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Ibrahim Ozbek

Coal, Diamond, and Man

All of the physical and chemical conditions of the earth are created in a way to make life possible. The earth's position in the universe and factors like heat, light, water, and air all possess the q... read more..

Issue 89 (September - October 2012)
Sophia Gallant

From Continence to Virtue: Cultivation of Moral Character

Can people be held accountable for what they feel and wish from a moral point of view or is it only their resulting actions that matter? Is it equally valuable to perform a moral action through forcin... read more..

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