Fountain Archive


Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Etga Ugur

Turkish Islam and Secular State: The Gulen Movement

The public role of religion is a source of controversy in almost every corner of the world in the contemporary age. The headscarf issue in France and Turkey, the Ten Commandments monument case in Alab... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
The Fountain

Editorial (Issue 47)

For years his poetry has been at the top of the bestsellers list. His audience span now covers not only North America, but also the entire world. Special groups of his admirers have formed for poetry ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Jalaladdin al - Rumi

There are some significant personalities who with the help of their voice and breath, their love and excitement, and their promise for humanity always remain fresh and alive over the course of centuri... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
H. Huseyin Erdem

Radiocarbon Dating and Questions

Libby’s discovery, now known as the carbon-14 (or radiocarbon) technique, was a method that could be used to determine the age of organic remains. In the following years, archeologists used this techn... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Imran Sabir

Revelation: A Panacea for Social Problems

This world is the abode of the human being, and it is a place in which we face many problems throughout our life. The problems that we face may be of diverse natures and of variant types, but all can ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Firat Kocol

When a Finger Moves

The moment I want to move my finger, a large number of neurons in my brain start sending each other small electrical impulses. These impulses travel from my brain to the rest of my body through the me... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Alphonse Dougan

The Question of Lifestyle in Interfaith Relationships

A common expression used in “explaining” an apparent animosity among the members of different faiths is to say that “they are opposed to our lifestyle.” While this phrase is used often and carelessly,... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Fatih Gelgi

Can Artificial Intelligence Be More Advanced than the Human Mind?

Technology is rapidly improving with time. The machines which we once only read about in novels are now an unavoidable part of our lives. This, of course, makes people wonder about what the future hol... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Mehmet Seker

Rumi and the Sema

I - JALALADDIN AL-RUMI Introduction The human being is equipped in the best possible way, both materially and spiritually. The human is able to achieve the level of “the best of creation,” which is ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Emrah Altunkaya

A Nursi Reader - A Message for times of illness

Although a large portion of the population in all societies is afflicted by a major illness or calamity sometime in their life, most people try not to think about or remember these events, thinking ab... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Ali Demir

Hibernation as a Sign of Existence

What is hibernation? Hibernation is a state of inactivity in an animal brought about by shorter days, colder temperatures and limited food. Hibernation not only eliminates the need for food gathering ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Dr. Said Guzel

Self - Defense Mechanisms

Self-defense is an important ability that has been given to living beings to help them survive. If a being cannot defend itself, then staying alive is impossible. Large sums of money are spent on nati... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Arif Sarsilmaz

An Argument on Miracles

We sometimes read in newspapers or hear from the news on television “A child fell from the fifth floor and didn’t die!” or “A person survived a plane crash and came out without even a scratch!” These ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Abdullah Ozer

The Miraculous World of Oxygen

All living organisms require oxygen to live. As humans, we breathe to take in oxygen; if we were not to do this we would die as we would not be able to meet our energy needs. Eighteen times more energ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Hasan Aydinli

Appropriate Messages in Child Training

An old Chinese proverb says that: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life.” This proverb points out the importance of education. Ther... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Ismail Hakki Ozcan

A Moment for Reflection

A Heart Overflowing with Love: Rumi I am drunk and you are insane Tell me, who will lead us home? How many times have I asked you not to drink so much; I see no sober soul in town. Come to the tav... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Zubeyr Kaya

The Bottom of the Food Chain Plankton

For many authors throughout history, religion has always been a major point of interest. There are several books written concerning the creation of the world, the existence of a god or gods, and many ... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Hikmet Isik

What is Sufism?

Q: What is Sufism? A: Sufism is a path followed by Sufis (adherents of Islamic mysticism) to reach the Truth-God. While the term Sufism usually expresses the theoretical or philosophical aspect of th... read more..

Issue 47 (July - September 2004)
Thomas Michel

Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance

Author: M. Fethullah Gulen / ISBN: 1-932099-68-9Price: US$ 14.95 / Publisher: The Light, Inc., New The need for dialogue among people of faith has been underscored by... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The World and its Contents from the PERSPECTIVE OF A BELIEVER

This world is a wonderful vessel for humankind, floating in this vast universe, the place that we exist and feel our existence. It is also a warm dwelling, surrounded by magnificent animate and inanim... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Alphonse Dougan

A Neglected Value in The 21st Century: NEIGHBORLINESS

Neighborhood and neighborliness is an important social value that is often neglected in this century. Just as in Judaism and Christianity, the rights of neighbors are strongly emphasized in Islam. Thi... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Bayram Yerlikaya

Symmetry and Beauty

When visiting Moscow University, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, the famous physicist and the founder of Quantum Mechanics, as well as being the fifteenth Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge Uni... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Dr. Ibrahim Canan

Paragon of Unity: Discovering The Essence of the Abrahamic Messages

When I first heard a politician say, “We can rule from beyond the grave,” I didn’t respond very positively. “What does that mean?” I exclaimed in confusion. However, as it dawned on me that he was a read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Dr. Naim F. Erdem

Nonprofit Organizations in Modern Societies

Nonprofit organizations (henceforward “nonprofits”) are those agencies that are nongovernmental entities incorporated under state laws as charitable not-for-profit organizations. They are formed to se... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak

Prayer An Inexhaustible Treasure for the Human Spirit (A Nursi Reader)

There are two Arabic words that describe the nature of prayer. The word “salat” describes prayer through words and performance, such as bowing and prostrating. The word “dua” describes prayer through ... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Hasan Aydinli

Children and Violent Computer Games

Suddenly he got up from where he was sitting and started to shout. He was furious just because he couldn’t kill the man who was firing at him. He sat down and tried again. He was hopping mad just to g... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Alphonse Dougan

Love of Animals in a Contemporary Student of a Timeless Teacher

Love of animals is a part of the love of the creation. This love is a consequence of the love a believer feels for the universe as a mirror of the Names and Attributes of its Creator. Love of animals ... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Semra Guler

Health Provided Through The Teeth

Being the product of the cosmic tree, human beings are one of the most complicated biological systems, all-inclusively equipped with both material and spiritual attributes. When examined from diverse ... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Hasan Guclu

Collective Intelligence in Ant Colonies

Social insects such as termites, some bees and wasps in general, and ants in particular, have held a mysterious fascination for men since the beginning of earliest recorded time. No other organism of ... read more..

Issue 48 (October - December 2004)
Ozgur Ozer

CONSTRUCTIVISM in Piaget and Vygotsky

Constructivism is a new approach in education that claims humans are better able to understand the information they have constructed by themselves. According to constructivist theories, learning is a ... read more..

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