Issue 97

  • The Joyous Past and the Beautiful Future

    The Joyous Past and the Beautiful Future

    The past year was a busy one for The Fountain. Having completed two decades in publishing, we tried to value 2013 not only as an anniversary to celebrate, but also as a time to r

    Published January - February 2014 - The Fountain

    Holy Days

    On holy days, we reflect on the joyous past and the beautiful future yet to come.

    When the sun rises over our land,
    only then will it be our holy day...
    Alvarli Efe

    Holy days are days of joy and p

    Published January - February 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Surface Tension and Life

    Do you know how a steel blade can float on the water? Or how can some insects stride on a pond? How do your contact lenses stay in position on your eyes? And how does water reach the higher parts of plants?

    While wander

    Published January - February 2014 - Selim Selimoglu

    Charitable Trusts in Medieval Islam

    All over the vast Islamic world, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, various services that are fundamentally important to society have been financed and maintained through charitable trusts.

    Godliness and virtue

    Published January - February 2014 - Osman Senkaya

    Nasraddin Hodja's Pot and Reductio Ad Absurdum

    From a children's tale to Socrates and the Qur'an, the need for logic and sound reasoning is universal.

    Nasraddin Hodja is a well-known folktale character in the Middle East. He is famous for his wit, which is

    Published January - February 2014 - Nathan Ruler

    Dante and Al-Fargani The Common Heritage of Mankind

    While producing his most famous works, Dante looked to an unexpected source for inspiration – the works of Islamic astronomer, Al-Fargani.

    In political or scientific disputes, emphasis is usually placed on di

    Published January - February 2014 - Yusuf Goker

    Gardens: Past and Present

    A garden is not a substitute for nature, but it is a link to nature. It is a place where you can reflect on the beauties of the natural world.

    Gardens are an everyday part of our lives. They come in a variety o

    Published January - February 2014 - Yusuf Goker

    Interview with the Two Brain Lobes

    If you want to know why some of us are so poetic, while others are strictly straightforward, then read on this unprecedented discussion and see how the Left Brain and the Right Brain discuss their differences.

    Published January - February 2014 - Sermed Ogretim

    The Human Skin and Its Web of Vessels

    We tend to overlook our skin, but it performs many vital functions for our bodies – including coming to our rescue in emergencies.

    Since it is designed to function within very precise limits, our body is very

    Published January - February 2014 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    Shawq and Ishtiyaq (Joyful Zeal and Yearning)

    Zeal means turning to the Beloved with all inner and outer feelings, and locking out all appetites other than those one feels to meet with Him. In the context of yearning, it means one is overflowing with desires and wishes relate

    Published January - February 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Human's Unique Position in the Universe

    Can an apple move the earth? Physics says it can. The power that gave an apple the ability to move the world, also gave us humans the capacity to make use of the natural laws and be a true vicegerent on the earth.

    Published January - February 2014 - Mehmet Necip Gumushanevi

    A Severe Case of Confusion

    It was too early for Melanie to congratulate herself because the aliens would always be after her. They would always be looking over her shoulder, keeping track of what she did, trying to read her mind...


    Published January - February 2014 - Sally Hannigen

    The Blessing of Anesthesia in Medical Practices

    Before anasthesia, even routine surgeries were painful and dangerous. Its advent has allowed for amazing advances in public health and patient safety.

    Humanity has faced various kinds of health problems through

    Published January - February 2014 - Haci Luy

    Childhood Education in the Anatolian Heritage

    In a globalized world, some regions - like Anatolia, which could be considered a bridge from east-to-west, past-to-future, and a melting pot for different cultures and religions - could pull from their centuries-long experienc

    Published January - February 2014 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Feast of Sacrifice Spreading The Spirit of Love, Care, and Sharing

    On the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, Christians and Muslims come together to celebrate abundance.

    Thursday, November 1st, 2012. A normally quiet afternoon at Tangaza College is suddenly vibrant. Life buzzes by th

    Published January - February 2014 - Sr. Lilian Curaming

    Addiction of Status

    Though less known than drug addictions, status addiction can cause serious harm to individuals and society.

    One of the essential mistakes some people who attain a certain status in our time make is their failur

    Published January - February 2014 - Hasan Aydinli

    Language, Meaning, and Purpose: Gulen's Perspective

    Language is not only a tool for describing facts and performing vocative functions – it also defines and constitutes our humanity. It "gives voice to our thoughts, it is the rhythm of our feelings, and the excitement of our hear

    Published January - February 2014 - Aalia Sohail Khan

    Human Cognition, the Final Frontier

    Despite advances in technology, computers still can’t come close to the power of the world’s most remarkable computer – the human brain.

    Computing machines have seen three phases: the tabulating phase, th

    Published January - February 2014 - Adem G. Aydin

    Willpower and Being Tested With It

    Question: What is the willpower and how are we being tested with it?"

    Willpower is considered as one of the four basic elements of what we call the mechanism of conscience. As expressed by Bediuzzaman in a beauti

    Published January - February 2014 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    A galaxy rapidly forming stars 700 million years after the Big Bang at redshift 7.51
    Finkelstein S.L et al., Nature, October 2013

    Astronomers have recently spotted a faint ray of light using the Hubble Space

    Published January - February 2014 - The Fountain