MAHATMA GANDHI IN TUNE

Celebrating Gandhi’s 149th Birthday, and in support of The United Nations’  International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, which is ‘the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for whom non-violence was at the center of his life and thought.’
Rene by WADLOW, President
Association of World Citizen
“I do not believe that the spiritual law works in a field of its own.  On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life.  It thus affects the economic, the social and the political fields.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi
For Gandhi, non-violence was an expression of spiritual law, the way in which the spiritual energy of the universe manifested itself in physical form. “There is a soul force in the universe which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”  There were three aspects of life in which Gandhi was particularly concerned with the expression of the spiritual law of non-violence.  The first was his own personal atunement with the spiritual energy, which he sometimes called ‘God’ or ‘Truth’ or ‘Love’ but often left unnamed.  He also believed that this spiritual atunement had to be followed by the persons working closely with him — a view which often led to difficulties as many of his followers saw non-violence as an effective technique against English domination and not necessarily as a guiding principle of life.

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SPARKLE OF CHANGE

The Arab Spring
Article By Chaimae NACIR*
History has proven over centuries that when a society is facing high unemployment rates, political corruption, inflation and sectarianism, revolution is an obligation rather than a choice.
Over the last two centuries, the world had been exposed to three main revolutionary waves which are: the European revolution 1848 “July Days”, the 1989 revolution “Spring of Nations”, and recently the 2011 revolution “ the Arab Spring.”

During the 19th Century, fundamental economic changes characterized by the consolidation of wealth, caused massive unemployment as well as the outbreak of famine, which led to uprising and revolutions. [Read more…]

FATİH’İN İSTANBUL’U 

İstanbul Mini-Yazı dizisi (3): Ayşe ÖVÜR

İstanbul Minyatür Park’ta Rumeli Hisarı

Osmanlı Devleti’nin yedinci padişahı olan II. Mehmet, 30 Mart 1432’de Edirne’de doğdu. Babası II. Murat hayatta olmasına rağmen daha 12 yaşındayken tahta çıktı. Fakat aniden beliren savaş koşulları nedeniyle, tahtı tekrar babasına bırakmak zorunda kaldı.  II. Mehmet 18 Şubat 1451 tarihinde henüz 19 yaşındayken devletin başına yeniden geçti. 03 Mayıs 1481 günü ölene dek padişahlığını sürdürmüştür. [Read more…]

Book Review: JOURNEY INTO EUROPE

by EJAZ RAHIM
Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity”
As far  back as 1996, the distinguished scholar W. Montgomery Watt described Dr Akbar Ahmed as ‘a contemporary spokesman for Islam’. That epithet remains apt even now but, based on the sum total of his writings and work, he is widely respected today as an anthropologist, teacher, researcher, scholar in comparative religion, a committed public intellectual promoting inter-faith harmony and a leading authority on contemporary Islam.
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March 23rd: PAKISTAN, PEOPLE AND FOUNDER

On the occasion of 23 March Resolution

By AKHTAR MAHMUD FARUQUI
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State . . . We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State.
March 23rd, 1940 marks a singular milestone in the history of Muslims of South Asia. It was truly a momentous occasion. At Lahore’s Manto Park, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah rejected a permanent communal minority status for Indian Muslims. Instead, he demanded full-fledged nationhood and a separate country.

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“JOURNEY INTO EUROPE: TURBULENT AND MIGHTY CONTINENT”

This piece is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the new book,
“Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity”.

 Chapter 1 – Europe: Turbulent and Mighty Continent

by AKBAR AHMED
“In that encounter in the gloomy basement in Athens, I witnessed the problems of Europe today. I saw the need to conduct a detailed study of Europe based on fieldwork to look at precisely these issues. I saw the desperate need to discover a paradigm or method for the future that would allow Europe’s different cultures and peoples to understand one another better in order to live together in peace and harmony. To do so, we needed to locate an effective conceptual frame for our study in the context of the social sciences. I thus consulted the scholars who could best guide us.”

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EVLİYA ÇELEBİ REHBERLİĞİNDE İSTANBUL’UN KORUYUCU TILSIMLARI

İstanbul Mini-Yazı dizisi ve fotoğraflar: Ayşe ÖVÜR
Evliya Çelebi’ye göre İstanbul’un yedi tepesinde on yedi tane dikilitaş vardı ve hepsi birer nazarlık gibi koruyucu etkilere sahipti. Evliya Çelebi’nin geniş hayal gücüyle kurguladığı tarihsel öykülere, gerçek bilgiler de katarak “farklı” bir dünya kurduğunu biliyoruz.
Tılsım insanların göremeseler de inandıkları doğa üstü güçler yardımıyla kendilerini felaketlerden koruyacağını düşündükleri objeler, gizemli sözlerdir. İnsanlar zamanla dikilitaşlara doğa üstü özellikler atfederek onları inanç sistemlerinin bir parçası haline getirmiş, “koruyucu tılsımlara” dönüştürmüştür.

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A GENERAL LOOK AT ISTANBUL BEFORE THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

On ISTANBUL – A mini-series – Part 1  | by Ayse OVUR*
Istanbul* is the only metropolis with territories both in Europe and Asia in the world. The metropolitan city has inhabitants for thousands of years, has been the capital of two different empires more than 1500 years.
Today, even though it is not the official capital of Turkey; it is accepted as a cultural capital of the Republic of Turkey. Throughout history, many different religions, languages, and cultures were able to coexist within its borders.  Tourists visiting Istanbul may encounter churches, synagogues, and mosques next to each other. 

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Open Letter to the President of Venezuela – by M. Fethi DOGAN

[The English version of the below letter will follow.]
İstanbul, 15 Aralık 2017

Sayın Başkan Maduro,
Ülkenizin bağımsızlığı ve özgürlüğü uğruna verdiğiniz mücadeleyi yakından izleyen çok sayıda Türk aydını adına, sizi saygıyla selamlıyoruz. Üçüncü Dünya halklarının ve tüm insanlığın; bağımsızlık, eşitlik, adalet ve barış özlemini güçlendiren çabalarınızı yürekten destekliyoruz. Özgürlüğüne ve bağımsızlığına düşkün olan Türk ulusunun, aynı yolda mücadele eden, önderliğinizdeki Venezüella halkıyla dostluk ve dayanışma duyguları içinde olduğunu belirtmek isteriz.

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AYŞE ÖVÜR İLE İLK ROMANI “SAHRA 1911” ÜZERİNE

Kitap | Söyleşi: Reyhan GENÇOL
 Ayşe Övür’ün ilk romanı SAHRA 1911 adıyla  Remzi Kitabevi tarafından yayınlandı.  Roman  tarih kitaplarından adını öğrendiğimiz Trablusgarp savaşını eksen alarak Çerkes asıllı bir kahramanın Kafkasya’dan başlayıp Sahra Çölü’nde sona eren unutulmuş öyküsünü bize aktarıyor. Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nun çöküş sürecinde Yemen, Filistin, Trablusgarp büyük kayıplarla elden çıkmış cepheler olmasına rağmen günümüz edebiyatında nadiren değinilen konular. Avrupa ülkelerinde, ABD’de  her yıl Birinci ve İkinci Dünya Savaşları, Vietnam, Körfez Savaşı  ile ilgili sayısız roman, sinema filmi, belgesel yayınlanıyor. Oysa Türk tarihinde defalarca analiz edilmesi gereken Osmanlı devletinin çöküş süreci ile ilgili az sayıda eser yayınlanıyor olması rahatsız edici bir gerçek. Sadece bu özelliği bile SAHRA 1911 okunması gerektiğini gösteriyor.

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