Issue 90

  • Outside the agenda

    The world agenda is occupied with all kinds of things: the US presidential elections, Syrian massacre, economic fallout in Europe, instability in the Middle East in the course of the Arab spring... The tragic terrorist attack in L

    Published November - December 2012 - The Fountain


    Today, scientific developments have reached unparalleled speed and level as we stumble upon a new surprising invention or discovery every day. It can be argued that more new inventions and discoveries have been presented to humani

    Published November - December 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Yonder Mystery of Bones and Reproduction

    For many years, scientists thought that women were born with a limited number of oocytes (eggs) in the ovary, estimating around three thousands oocytes. This number declines by time until the age of fifty to a point of exhaustion,

    Published November - December 2012 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Advanced Placement Phenomenon

    Two national news magazines, U.S. News and Newsweek, annually publish lists of America's Best High Schools. While Newsweek takes the total Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Cambridge (AICE) tests given

    Published November - December 2012 - Alpaslan Sahin

    Can Plants Talk?

    Plants come across with numerous organisms in their natural environment. So how do plants communicate with all these organisms such as other plants, herbivores, predators of herbivores, and even themselves? Plants communicate thro

    Published November - December 2012 - Safiye Arslan

    Hunger Management and Survival

    Hunger poses a danger to life, however dehydration is fatal. Although the energy obtained from nutrients become fuel for the organism, water functions like engine oil making it one of the essential elements of the human body. Wate

    Published November - December 2012 - Hamza Aydin

    The Hajj: Reflections from Mina

    This article does not encompass the entire Hajj ritual, most notably leaving out umrah and visiting the Ka'ba. Rather the author reflects on a rarely written-about portion of the Hajj-the time spent in Mina.

    Perhaps, wi

    Published November - December 2012 - Margaret A. Johnson

    The Sun and its Distinctive Position

    Every morning and evening we witness the sunrise and the sunset in a colorful play. Luminous stars virtually hover over us like a parade during the night. We do not even notice the revolution of the earth around the sun and the sp

    Published November - December 2012 - Osman Cakmak

    Louis Massignon: A Tribute to a Pioneer in Interfaith Relations

    Fifty years ago the renowned French Catholic scholar of Islam and the Islamic world, Louis Massignon, died on October 31,1962. He left a legacy of books, articles and lectures, many of which are dedicated to Interfaith dialogue a

    Published November - December 2012 - Dorothy C. Buck

    Ihsan (Perfect Goodness)

    Ihsan two literal meanings, doing something well and perfectly and doing someone a favor; it is sometimes used in the Qur'an and the Sunna with either meaning. At other times, as pointed out in the reflections on Heart while descr

    Published November - December 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    A Lesson, If You Wish to Listen

    They had so much wealth and goods,
    Come and see them in their graves.
    Only a large shirt is their share
    And even those, without sleeves

    Dignitaries they had been
    With servants standing before them

    Published November - December 2012 - Yunus Emre

    Living Green: How Much Do I Need to Suffer for It?

    Fewer disposables. Fewer climate-changing green house gases. Fewer containers of trash. Fewer acres of ecological footprint. However, more local solutions. More conscious choices. More green alternatives. Living green with sustain

    Published November - December 2012 - Fethiye Ozis

    Questions Concerning Robots That "Care"

    Robots that "care" are no longer merely science fiction ...

    Producing machines that look and behave like people seems to be a human project with a long history. Mention of a Jewish Rabbi producing an instance of the leg

    Published November - December 2012 - Theodore Albert Metzler

    The Four Bs of Religion

    Some people assert that all religions are much the same, for better or for worse. Others will insist that their religion is unique, or that their religion is the only way to God.

    In 1989, in his classic book The World'

    Published November - December 2012 - Douglas Golding

    Of Frogs and Men: Perspectives on the Principle of Gradualness

    We humans are inclined to be hasty, and wish to do what we want in a rush. We like to doing things quickly, cheaply, and still want them the highest quality. Certain matters in life truly require speed. A breakdown in an operating

    Published November - December 2012 - Fuad Canoglu

    Why Is Cancer a Complex Disease?

    The chaos theory, first introduced by Edward Lorentz, offers new horizons for economists, meteorologists, seismologist and scientists studying in other branches regarding the problems they have been studying in recent years. The c

    Published November - December 2012 - Ihsan Kose

    The Messenger of Mercy

    I was invited a while ago to a meeting in Little Rock which was held on the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The audience watched a video entitled The Universal Mercy telling about how a merciful person the Prophe

    Published November - December 2012 - Erkan Kurt

    Seeking Forgiveness in the Service of God

    Question: Why is seeking forgiveness needed even right after a good work in the service of God?

    It is very likely for us human beings to lapse or sin even during actions that are meant to serve the good pleasure

    Published November - December 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Childhood environment leaves its mark on DNA

    Childhood environment leaves its mark on DNA

    Factors underlying variable DNA methylation in a human community cohort. L.L. Lam et al. PNAS October 16, 2012 vol. 109
    The effect of environment on genes can be

    Published November - December 2012 - The Fountain