Issue 89

  • Peacebuilding through Education

    The Fountain is partnering this month with the Peace Islands Institute of New York for the "Peacebuilding through Education: Challenges, Opportunities, Cases" conference on September 24th (details are on the ad on the inside back

    Published September - October 2012 - The Fountain

    What Generations Expect from Education

    What do we mean when we mention education and training in relation to our current and future generations? How should we teach our values to new generations and who is to undertake this sacred duty? We have to find the answers to t

    Published September - October 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Religious Inspirations and Scientific Inventions

    What exactly is it that inspires us, say, to write a beautiful poem or an article, or the next big idea that will change our life? There is no short answer for this question, for inspirations may come from many sources. Sometimes

    Published September - October 2012 - Halil I. Demir

    Basis for Christian-Muslim Dialogue

    Whenever I watch and read about killings and terrorism in the name of religion today, the music of our dear sister of blessed memory, Christy Essien Igbokwe re-echoes on and on akin to a heart-rending dirge:

    Hear the ch

    Published September - October 2012 - Rev. Fr. D Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua

    Ibn Sina: An Exemplary Scientist

    Ibn Sina (known as Avicenna in Latin and in the West) in his masterpiece The Canon of Medicine (United States National Library of Medicine, MS A 53) states that "Body secretions of a host organism (e.g., human being) are contamina

    Published September - October 2012 - Ihsan Ali / Ahmet Guclu

    Coal, Diamond, and Man

    All of the physical and chemical conditions of the earth are created in a way to make life possible. The earth's position in the universe and factors like heat, light, water, and air all possess the qualities needed by living bein

    Published September - October 2012 - Ibrahim Ozbek

    From Continence to Virtue: Cultivation of Moral Character

    Can people be held accountable for what they feel and wish from a moral point of view or is it only their resulting actions that matter? Is it equally valuable to perform a moral action through forcing oneself with little accompan

    Published September - October 2012 - Sophia Gallant

    Dhikr (Recitation of God's Names)

    Literally meaning mentioning, remembrance, and recollection, in the terminology of the Sufis dhikr denotes regular recitation of one or some of God's Names at one time. Some spiritual or Sufi orders prefer to recite: Allah (the pr

    Published September - October 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Southern Pine Beetle: A Pest Using Pesticides

    The use of pesticides by farmers for fighting against pests harming their crops is a common yet controversial issue in bioethics and agricultural sciences. These pesticides often kill their target [1] pests efficiently, but can al

    Published September - October 2012 - Daniel Adam Kurtz

    Walking in the Shoes of Others: Stepping in and out of Turkey

    What inspires migrants to leave home, friends and country to cross over into unknown worlds? Often many make the journey driven by the prospects of better life opportunities. Others seek escape of refuge from oppressive regimes. S

    Published September - October 2012 - Michael Anthony Samuel

    The Ticket

    When the National Research Council of the USA announced in 1992 that DNA testing was a reliable method to identify criminal suspects, the technology rapidly entered the mainstream court system. The development of databases that co

    Published September - October 2012 - Nihal Zeren Dila

    Lovers of Light

    On a clear night, having fixed their hearts upon the Light
    they set out for eternity
    And wherever the journey led, they carried their gift of radiance.
    Gleams of Beauty unfading so entranced their souls,

    Published September - October 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Reward and Praise in Education: When, How and for What Purpose?

    "Good grades pay off literally. Teachers have long said that success is its own reward. But these days, some students are finding that good grades can bring them cash and luxury gifts... Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso l

    Published September - October 2012 - Zekeriya Ozsoy

    Translating the Qur'an into Action

    Reflections on the Qur'an: Commentaries on Selected Verses
    M. Fethullah Gülen
    ISBN 9781597842761
    NJ: Tughra Books

    An average English reader is often familiar with the Shakespearean character Ham

    Published September - October 2012 - Huseyin Bingul

    Modesty and Effacement

    Question: A person who is busy with philanthropy and good services bears the risk of developing self-pride and fall into some personal expectations. How can one keep his or her sincerity while involved in such activism? How ca

    Published September - October 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Frosty freezers no more

    1- Frosty freezers no more
    Original article: Kim P. et al, ACS Nano (2012, online ahead of print)
    Frost formation on aircrafts at high altitudes poses major safety threats and high-maintenance costs. Now, Joanna A

    Published September - October 2012 - The Fountain