Issue 83

  • A Decade To Remember, Decades To Come In Peace

    Who would not prefer to remember the turn of the millennium with a hopeful memory, such as the dream below: At the turn of the millennium, a delegation from Iraq comes to the World Trade Center in New York to strike a deal with

    Published September - October 2011 - The Fountain

    Believers as They Stand Before God

    The believer is one who believes and trusts, one with prospects for a secure future who is trustworthy to others. S/he is a monumental figure marked by a special distinction imbued with contrasting colors, one within the other. Th

    Published September - October 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    An Opportunity to Heal and Make Whole

    How can anyone residing in the United States, or for that matter living in any other part of the world, forget the horror of September 11, 2001, when commercial airliners, piloted by terrorists posing as religious followers of Is

    Published September - October 2011 - John Bryson Chane

    The Spirit of Norway

    A model of reconciled diversity is the only way to the future in our globalized world. It is indeed a tremendous challenge to come to terms with the perplexity of religion and politics in our time. As acts of terrorism are wrea

    Published September - October 2011 - Gunnar Stalsett

    The End of Fear, the Beginning of Understanding

    In the decade since 9/11, the United States has: • conquered and occupied two large Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) • compelled a huge Muslim army to root out a terrorist sanctuary (Pakistan) • deployed thousand

    Published September - October 2011 - Robert A. Pape

    9/11: Before and After

    I remember the day very vividly, perhaps like each and every person who has been affected by it does. I remember the trauma, panic, and tears in the café of my English language school. The same frames kept rolling on the TV scree

    Published September - October 2011 - Ahmet Kurucan


    Katharine, “Kadriye,” Branning was one of the passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight to New York on September 9, 2011, a flight which could not reach its destination that inauspicious day. Taken from her book Yes, I Would

    Published September - October 2011 - Katharine Branning

    Does the Qur'an Sanction War?

    In Islamic jurisprudence, no divinely ordained clergy rule on religious matters. There are only scholars, learned people that undertake the extensive study of the Islamic sciences. No official post decides who is eligible to be co

    Published September - October 2011 - Eren Tatari


    Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America there is not an Islamic word used more commonly in daily life than jihad. Jihad has appeared regularly in news broadcasts and everyday conversations wi

    Published September - October 2011 - Amy Wilson

    Rida (Resignation)

    Resignation means showing no rancor or rebellion against misfortune, and accepting all manifestations of destiny without complaint and even better peacefully. In other words, one should welcome all things and events, even those no

    Published September - October 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Rocks or Rainbows: Lessons for Interreligious Dialogue

    More than two decades ago, as a new professor at a small college, I was assigned a course that included a unit on non-Christian religious traditions. Since I had little background myself in this area, my students and I learned to

    Published September - October 2011 - Frances M. Leap

    The Art of Living Together

    The Example of Greek-Turkish Dialogue in Post-9/11 America Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople At the onset of the twenty-first century, a new relati

    Published September - October 2011 - Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

    The Challenge of Peaceful Coexistence

    “Peaceful coexistence is the most important project of our era. But we cannot do it alone or in isolation; we must do it together.” The world has become very small. Mass communications, mass travel, and

    Published September - October 2011 - B. Jill Carroll

    Geography of Friendship

    Two Poems and Some Thoughts Recently I was reading a book called The Geography of Thought. To my surprise, the author claimed that Eastern and Western people had different types of cognition, meaning that they think differently

    Published September - October 2011 - Sumeyra TOSUN / Kelli Angelone

    America's Potential for Peace

    On the evening of September 11, 2010, nine Christian women gathered in a prayer circle in the basement of a small Midwest church, and were asked to reflect on where they have been spiritually since 9/11. Heavy glances crisscrossed

    Published September - October 2011 - Fatma Yilmaz

    Drinking Water from the Sea: Polymeric Membranes for Desalination

    One billion people in the world live in water-stressed areas, and RO membrane technology is the leading desalination technology to overcome the problem of insufficient clean water. Today, more than 1 billion people are sufferin

    Published September - October 2011 - Kamil Ezgin

    It's Us Peter, Your Blood Vessels

    Dear Peter, the Heart talked about itself so much that we thought it would never let us speak. Yes, the heart functions as a fabulous pump, but it is nothing by itself. We find our value in cooperation; nothing is created to do ev

    Published September - October 2011 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Divine Support and Ensuring Its Continuation

    Question: God Almighty has graced us with a great deal of possibilities to serve humanity. What would you recommend so that this holy grace and benediction upon us shall not be stopped? I think we all are aware that God

    Published September - October 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    Epidermal electronics

    1- Epidermal electronics Original Article: Kim, D-H et al., Science 333, 838 (2011). We often see patients in hospitals with many cables attached to their bodies. Now there is hope to replace these mobility-limiting settin

    Published September - October 2011 - The Fountain

    Is Humanity Dead?

    "A once-in-a-lifetime event" or "the worst for 60 years" is how the drought in Africa today is being described. Among the most affected countries are Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Over 30,000 children under the age of 5 are al

    Published September - October 2011 - Ihsan Orhan

    The life and journey of a leaf

    I was created as a small bud on the dry branch of a huge oak tree. The oak tree is a great entity that protects me from being stepped on or eaten by animals. I serve life in many ways: I provide shade and privacy for nests and hom

    Published September - October 2011 - Sebnem Unlu

    Prayer and Healing in Islam

    Title: Prayer and Healing in Islam Author: Salih Yucel Tughra Books 2010 978-1-59784-242-6 In the past few decades many studies and articles on the subject of religion, spirituality and health, from both Western and Musl

    Published September - October 2011 - Mahshid Turner