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Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 127 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Altruism (I'thar)

Altruism (i'thar), preferring others to oneself when doing a good deed, is, according to the moralists, giving precedence to the common interests of the community over one's own interests; according t... read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Emin Senoglu

How Is Vision Possible in Total Darkness?

How can animals in the wild hunt during the night as if it were day? A remarkable biological feature acts as a pair of “natural” night vision goggles. Animals can move and even hunt in the pitch- read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Alparslan Zora

Responsibility and Freedom: Analysis through On Liberty

Discussions over personal liberty and government intervention are as old as modern governments, as J.S. Mill’s writings show. John Stuart Mill was among the many philosophers, both before and aft read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Separation and Hopes

Again I remembered the days of separation, Years mixed with tears passed by.
 I shuddered and froze in my place; Friends had become reconciled with enemies.
 While the people swam in deep sleep, Value... read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Ihsan Kose

Is Freezing By Heating Possible?

Are cities the same as water? It’s possible to look at chemistry for new understandings of social dynamics. The universe is a field where existence is transformed from state to state. The transfo read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Mustafa Ismet Uzun

Religion and Social Change

he debate over religion’s role in social change has been raging for centuries. The interpretation and perception of even just a single social action is multi-layered, multi-faceted, complex, and read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Kemal Serce

The Veils of Existence

As science develops further, the “veils” of the universe are lifted and humanity can explore realms beyond which our senses would normally allow. We are conscious beings and we seek answers to ou read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Justin Pahl

"Hoop Dreaming"

Combining sports and education, and motivated by faith, Hassan Fofana is helping dreams come true for students in West Africa. I first met Hassan Fofana in 2006, at a friend’s house in Baltimore, read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
Jack Bunce

The Religious, Historical, and Cultural Development of Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic calligraphy isn’t just a gorgeous style of art, but a symbol for how rich and diverse the Islamic world truly is For all of the artistic forms the Islamic world has produced, calligraphy read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
The Fountain

Defraud and Corruption

Defraud is not just the act of usurping financial or material means that aren’t yours. Spiritual defraud exists, and it is also a major sin. Believers are strictly warned in the Qur’an to avoid d read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 104)

Plants Tricked Into Drought Tolerance Agrochemical control of plant water use via engineered abscisic acid receptorsPark et al. Nature, February 2015. A recent breakthrough study reported that scien... read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
The Fountain

Editorial: Hope is Not a Feeling ...

The Fountain participated in several international events in the first two months of 2015. The first one was in Abuja, Nigeria, for a conference titled “Love and Tolerance: Two Dynamics for Personal a... read more..

Issue 104 (March - April 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Predicament of Ignorance

In a time of darkness and ignorance, we must challenge our preconceived notions, seeking answers in education and trust. It is another season of service. Our love-filled hearts are longing for Jo read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
The Fountain

Ghana and More

The Fountain was among the organizers of an important conference in Ghana. Many participants described the conference as “first of its kind.” Professor Scott C. Alexander was one of the speakers. The ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Building a Society of Noble Ideals

The humans of this age have been victimized by a lack of idealism. Sometimes, in addition to lacking idealism, these individuals ignored their self-control and remained corrupt; some even went so far ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Brian Turk

The Impeccable Sanitation of the Blood

Think of a marvelous machine that consists of pipes, pumps, processors, and plugs. This machine grinds and grates, pumps and pours, moves and maneuvers. It constructs and consumes constantly. Despite ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Yusuf Malik

Causality in Science and Religion

One of the most appealing questions in the history of science is if science and religion can be reconciled. Since religion and science both present cognitive perspectives about existence, this is a pr... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Michael Anthony Samuel

A Festival of Dialogue Exploring Multiculturalism and Language Diversity

The opportunity for 15 countries to assemble beneath one banner under the South African sky is a feat all of its own. The massive background logistics to co-ordinate a three hour show – the music perf... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Fethi Yaman

Antimicrobial Activity of Honey

Honey has been used by humans for millennia. It’s beloved by kids and adults alike. Honey is one of those versatile food items which can also be used as a cosmetic ingredient or antibacterial agent. I... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Osman Senkaya

Putting Yourself in Others' Shoes

Empathy is more important than ever in human relations. Be it among employer and employee, husband and wife, or parents and children, empathy seems necessary to all circles of human interaction. Altho... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Hamza Aydin

The Key-Lock System in Fertilization

Living things are equipped with sexual and asexual reproduction systems to enable life to continue. Sexual reproduction requires the presence of two opposite genders, male and female. Special reproduc... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
K. Fatma Canan

Speaking: A Magical Gift

He burst into tears. He could not understand what was happening to him. He looked like his friends, but when it came to this one thing, something was wrong. Half an hour ago, his teacher asked him to ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Ibrahim Ugurlu

The World of Cats

Cats have lived with humans since ancient times. They are one of the most friendly, playful, cute residents of our houses. These creatures claim corners on our beds during winter time, their quiet cat... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Adab (Mannerliness)

Its meaning covers being sensible and reasonable, well-behaved, well-mannered, treating people kindly. Adab (mannerliness) is used in the terminology of Sufism to defend against errors and to distingu... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
D. Omer Guney

Curvature of the Heavens

Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, who lived in the 13th century, is still recognized as one of the most influential Muslim mystics in history [1]. Rumi is especially known for his poetry, which spread messag... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Thomas Petriano

Four Cups of Tea

A visit to a mosque and a simple gesture of kindness remind the author that, despite what the news might report, people of different faiths have far more similarities than differences.Be kind, for w read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Murat Erdin

Complexity Or Cooperativity?

Books, bodies, and beautiful paintings – these are all emergent systems. As our understanding of these systems grows, so, too, do the questions about how we study them. Scientific revolutions req read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Mary Lahaj

Bless Your Own Baby

Upon the birth of her first child, the author took it upon herself to bestow an important blessing. Twenty-five years later, she used that blessing to help another new mother take her first steps in read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Mustafa Akdag

Humans and Metallic Materials

If we study the way metals are structured and processed, lessons can be drawn about how human’s function, too. One just has to look closely enough. Humans and metallic materials are both worth in read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Sefik Hikmet Toprak

Numerical Codes and Gematrical Mysteries in the Qur'an

Just as there is a perfect order that allows life to exist and function, there are incredible numerical symmetries and orders within the Qur’an. Exploring them can deepen our appreciation of both th read more..

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