Issue 117

  • The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

    Many past civilizations believed – and in fact many still believe – that a solar eclipse was an omen of a great event, be it for evil or good.Some believed the eclipse happened because a deity swallowed the sun. Oth

    Published May - June 2017 - The Fountain

    Another Eclipse Is Over

    Never despair, keep your willpower alive
    If you can, be a source of hope for all

    Our society is currently being challenged by a spiral of problems – problems of a rare kind. We are troubled by

    Published May - June 2017 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, and Umami

    We are taught that there are four basic tastes. But what taste best describes chicken soup, mushrooms, or pastrami? An NPR story recently explored how the line between specific tastes is actually quite blurry – and how some t

    Published May - June 2017 - Osman Senkaya

    The Gülen Community Who to Believe – Politicians or Actions?

    On July 15, 2016, while President Erdoğan was vacationing in the Mediterranean coastal town of Marmaris, Istanbul and Ankara were shaken by an attempted coup d’état carried out by certain members of the Turkish armed

    Published May - June 2017 - Thomas Michel

    Timbuktu: A Lost Center of Education and Trade

    Located in the modern-day West African nation of Mali, the city of Timbuktu was once a bustling Islamic metropolitan center well known to traders and academics throughout Africa and the Middle East. While the city still exis

    Published May - June 2017 - Adam Penale

    Healing through Animals: Zootherapy

    We have a good deal of literature on herbal medicine, which is even recognized, within a certain frame, in Western medicine. However, most people thinking of herbal medicine think of herbs – perhaps logically! But when we

    Published May - June 2017 - Atif Yorulmaz

    Ghurba (Separation)

    Literally meaning the state of being a foreigner, homelessness, loneliness, separation, and being a stranger in one’s own land, ghurba (separation) has been defined in the language of Sufism as renouncing the

    Published May - June 2017 - The Fountain

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    The Biblical book of Exodus tells of being a stranger in a strange land. It has universal resonance. To fully grasp the experience of terra incognita, recall a time you entered a place you’d never before gone.

    Published May - June 2017 - Madelaine Landry

    The Ethics of Human Experimentation

    Taking risks is an inevitable necessity when trying to achieve a breakthrough in modern science, technology, or human understanding. A moral dilemma, however, emerges when the risks threaten human lives and well-being. One m

    Published May - June 2017 - Dilara Guvercin

    Ibn Khaldun on Luxury and the Destruction of Civilizations

    “At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low.”

    Former US President Ronald Reagan proudly

    Published May - June 2017 - Alice Bolton

    Praying with God-consciousness

    At the acute-care, big city hospital where I trained as a Muslim chaplain, I was called to support a family who had been visiting their loved one, when he suddenly died. To personalize the patient, I will call him, “Mr

    Published May - June 2017 - Mary Lahaj

    Slender But Strong Dragonflies

    Many scientists have been conducting studies examining the natural world for clues that will hopefully improve human flight engineering. One of the studies they launched explored the miraculous design of dragonflies. Dragonf

    Published May - June 2017 - Ted Keene

    Technology Inspired by Wheat Stems

    Human beings have made significant developments in technology. Better designs are emerging by the day.  The dizzying speed of development hasn’t just brought serious technological progress, but serious competition –

    Published May - June 2017 - Sam Plat

    Love and Obedience

    Question: “Love should be learned from Satan and obedience from Adam.” What does this statement, which is originally attributed to Hallaj al-Mansur, mean?

    Hallaj al-Mansur was ins

    Published May - June 2017 - The Fountain

    Stem cells as an arthritis vaccine

    Stem cells as an arthritis vaccine

    Brunger JM et al. Genome Engineering of Stem Cells for Autonomously Regulated,
    Closed-Loop Delivery of Biologic Drugs. Stem Cell Report

    Published May - June 2017 - The Fountain