Issue 61

  • Building Bridges

    How can we define The Fountain in a single word? As the editors we have been thinking about this question for a few weeks now, and we have reached a conclusion: “bridge.” What kind of a bridge is The Fountain? It is intended t

    Published January - February 2008 - The Fountain

    Language and Thought

    Language is one of the fundamental dynamics in the composition of a culture. The power of a nation is directly proportional to the power and richness of its language and thought. A perfect command of language and the ability to en

    Published January - February 2008 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Cell Bank of Our Body: Stem Cells

    Injuries, illnesses and aging are inevitable parts of our lives. The human body can deal with basic injuries and illnesses in daily life by cell regeneration. However, aging and certain injuries have no cure since the tissues cann

    Published January - February 2008 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Blue Light, Daytime Sleep and the Prophetic Tradition

    Sleep is a blessing from God. Humans spend around one third of their lives sleeping. Sleep is essential for the performance of important daily acts such as speech, memory, and original or flexible thinking. At the end of a busy da

    Published January - February 2008 - Omur Yilmaz

    What Fuzzy Logic Lets Us Think

    Fuzzy logic is a new systemized model which is just as important as the more familiar classical logic because of its successful application to certain technological areas. There are scholars who consider fuzzy logic to be the logi

    Published January - February 2008 - Nathan Ruler

    Do Not Underestimate Small Things

    Who does not want to know the future? Is it not one of our impossible dreams to obtain advance information about tomorrow? Events developing in time have such a complicated structure that small things can make all the difference.

    Published January - February 2008 - Mirsad Tasmaz

    Beware of ''Others''

    In My Fair Lady, a satirical movie based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Henry Higgins makes a wager with his friend that within six months he can transform a coarse Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can

    Published January - February 2008 - Sophia Gallant

    Who Wants a Transformer?

    He is God, the Creator, the Evolver, the Giver of Forms and Colors. (Hashr 59:24)

    Halima was making her shopping list when the door bell started ringing wildly like there was a fire somewhere. She dropped the p

    Published January - February 2008 - Mirkena Ozer

    The Nature of the Closeness of God

    Is God close to human beings? If so, how close is He? Or is defining Him in terms of His distance from the creation impossible? Perhaps we should question our own remoteness and ask, “Are we close to God?” The spiritual tradit

    Published January - February 2008 - Sophia Gallant

    Halwat and Uzlat (Privacy And Seclusion)

    Literally meaning solitude and living alone, halwat and ‘uzlat (privacy and seclusion) within the context of Sufism denote an initiate’s going into retreat to dedicate all of his or her time to worshipping God under the guidan

    Published January - February 2008 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Peer Instruction: A Better Way to Learn

    Teaching and learning are two common human activities. If we need to name a great difference between humans and animals, this is the one. As Nursi points out1 almost from the very moment of birth an animal seems to have been train

    Published January - February 2008 - Ertan Salik


    Sky in blue, earth in green, dyes of all shades.
    Rainbows in all directions across the horizon,
    Touched by all these dazzling colors, humankind.

    Angels look on them with praise.
    Their faces to the ground,

    Published January - February 2008 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Citadel of the Self: Incompleteness Theorem

    What is consciousness? Is it established in the brain, or distributed throughout the whole body? Is it physical? Can I jump out of my own consciousness? These are the questions that have occupied the minds of thinkers for centurie

    Published January - February 2008 - Ozgur Yilmaz

    Quantum Entanglement: Illusion or Reality?

    Science has always influenced philosophy. Trivial and not instantaneous effects of change in scientific thought eventually result in changes in social thought. For example, by the end of the nineteenth century, the classical scien

    Published January - February 2008 - Suleyman Candaroglu

    The Wonderer

    When you travel long enough and become a stranger to every land you step on, you stop having a journey, but the journey starts having you. A motorcycle passes by very close with a groovy sound and disturbs the balance of my bicycl

    Published January - February 2008 - Ozgur Yilmaz

    A Communitarian Imperative: Fethullah Gulen's Model of Modern Turkey

    If there has been one great political lesson the twentieth century has taught us, surely it is the undeniable truth of Lord Acton’s dictum, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We have seen notab

    Published January - February 2008 - Mark Scheel

    Descent from the Ivory Tower

    Refugee in a tower of agony
    Hungry for ceaseless beauty
    In love with eternity
    Refugee in a tower of agony

    In an early, rainy morning
    When the birds started singing
    He woke into a vision crying

    Published January - February 2008 - Sermed Ogretim

    The Qur'an: A Biography

    The Qur’an: A Biography. Such a title would normally suggest a book that deals with the history of the revelation of Qur’anic verses. However, Bruce Lawrence, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, has something else

    Published January - February 2008 - Kaan Kerem

    The Relationship between Our Prayers and Deeds

    What are the ways of internalizing good ethical conduct and high virtues so as to make them a part of our nature?
    Virtues such as sincerity (ikhlas1), loyalty, refraining from backbiting or suspicion2 are among the essentials

    Published January - February 2008 - Hikmet Isik