Fountain Archive

May 2020

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
The Fountain
441

Maintaining Control (Editorial - Issue 135)

The Coronavirus Pandemic has shaken much of the world to its core and caused many disruptions. Economies have been crippled, millions have been laid off, quarantine has forced us to stay at home for a... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1011

Facing Oneself - 3

(Circle3: On the touchy implorations by Imam Zeynel Abidin, continued) Together with all of the fears and worries that this saintly person voices at his entreaties, he does not neglect to petition Go read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Asli Uzun
1144

Ablutions: A Divine Prescription for Cleanliness

Washing our hands has become one major way to protect ourselves from Covid-19. However, ablutions have always had a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religious traditions. Christians ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Suat Yildirim
1032

Corona and a Call of Revival: An Interfaith Perspective

About 3500 years ago in Egypt, Moses began to preach the religion that calls for submission to God, which he inherited from his forefather Abraham. According to the belief in that era, the ruler was c... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Ceyda Sablak
994

Maintaining the Brain: Neurons that Fire Together Wire Together

Our brains consist of many different types of cells, including astrocytes, microglia, and neurons. These are the cells that people are indirectly referring to when you hear someone say that hitting yo... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Anwar Alam
1029

Religious Communities and Response to COVID-19: The Case of the Hizmet Movement

This is not the first time that the world is witnessing a pandemic; previous incidents were regional in scope and did not affect the affluent segment of society. However, COVID-19 is first of its kind... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Lawrence Brazier
954

The Orientalists – Part 1

Author’s note: Many of the books and authors mentioned here are well-known. There are dozens more from writers of various nationalities, and only a lack of space precludes complete inclusion. It is read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Jacob Hardy
1210

On the Origin of Language

As far as the origin of language is concerned, Abrahamic traditions agree on the fact that language is a gift of God to humanity. To exemplify, the Holy Bible in Genesis 2:20 (King James' Version) sta... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1088

Self-Concealment (Talbis)

Self-concealment means that the perfected servants of God who attribute to God whatever good or virtues that they may have, try to be known as ordinary people by constantly keeping secret the special ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Aziz Turkoglu
982

Truffles: An Underground Treasure

Truffles are potato-shaped underground mushrooms that grow in all kinds of different environments ranging from high-rise forests of pine, oak, linden, fir and wild hazelnut to scrubs, under bushes, an... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Tugrul Cagri Yavuz
968

Foot: An Engineering Masterpiece

The foot is a limb that is not given much importance when compared to other vital organs such as the brain or heart. However, the foot is a very complex mechanical structure that is made of 26 bones, ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Horatio I. Davis
1024

Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Being Awake in Your Sleep

Dreams are some of the most odd, and sometimes most uncomfortable, experiences for us. They can sometimes also be so realistic that we do not even know if we are awake or still dreaming. One can feel ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Alpaslan Ozdogan
1077

“Scrap Paper Loves Me”

Scrap paper loves me. I spent my college years in a state after the Soviet Union collapsed where finding a pencil, notebook, or even just a sheet of paper was hard because of the economy. Students we... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Laura Kish
2988

Do All Roads Lead to Samarkand?

For lust of knowing what should not be known/ We take the Golden Road to Samarkand. [[1]] The Silk Road has always been known for providing pathways that allow the Far East to exchange goods and read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Mucteba Muezzinoglu
441

The Art of Ebru: Seeking Serenity on the Surface of the Water

Ebru, the art of crafting images and pictures with special paints on the surface of water, originated on the continent of Asia, spread to Anatolia, and from there to the rest of the world. Ebru has lo... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
917

The Coronavirus Changed How Ramadan Looks. But It Will Not Change Our Faith In God

Many yearly rituals of Ramadan will continue even as some change in deference to our social responsibility to respect God’s laws in the universe.  The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be different t... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
The Fountain
626

Science Square (Issue 135)

Nose cells as the key COVID-19 entry point Sungnak et al. SARS-CoV-2 entry factors are highly expressed in nasal epithelial cells together with innate immune genes. Nature Medicine, April 2020. The ... read more..

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