The 8th Issue of "Katre - International Journal of Human Research" Is Out

The 8th issue of Katre: International Journal of Human Research published by Istanbul Science and Culture Foundation was published on December 31, 2019.


The academic community, which follows the electronic publications via DergiPark, has a great interest in our journal. While the number of downloads of articles from the first six issues of Katre was around 50,000, this number was 69,580 as of January 1, 2020. As was the case for our previous issues, our recently published edition of Katre has been sent to the libraries of the Turkish State and Foundation Universities and the Deans of the Faculty of Theology. Thus, it is aimed to ensure that all academics, researchers and students can access the articles of our journal.

We would like to remind once again Katre's readers, researchers and writers that the digital files of the latest issue of the journal and all previous issues can be downloaded from the website .

Continuing its publishing life and continuing to contribute to science, Katre has nine research articles and a Conference Evaluation letter in this issue. We remind international readers that the majority of articles are in Turkish, however we are looking for more contributors who can supply English articles in order to develop the standing of our journal. Here is a summary of the contents that you will find available (including papers in both English and Turkish):

1. Saban Karasakal, in his article titled “The Basics of Living Together”, lays out the Qur'anic foundations of the principle of “Positive Action", one of the basic principles of "hizmet" or "service" with respect to students of the Risale-i Nur, as developed by Bediüzzaman Said Nursi.

2. Sabri Zengin examines developments in the understanding of nation and nationalism during a crucial period in the formation of the modern Turkish Republic. His article is titled "Developments concerning the understanding of nation and nationhood during the transition from Ottoman state to modern Turkey"

3. Davut Ceylan, in his work titled “The Experience of 'Faith' in Coping with Separation Anxiety” utilises the methodology of the Risale-i Nur in order to analyse the psychological mindset that interprets future events with anxiety and fear as a result of the experience of separation.

4. Hikmet Akdemir's article  "Miracles of the Prophet manifested in inanimate beings ”, looks at a particular aspect of the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) miracles that involved the speaking of the inanimate beings that appeared in his hands, that encountered him while walking, as well as those which gave affirmation of the prophet's (pbuh) prophethood.

5. Veli Sırım tries to reveal the equivalents of modern economics concepts in Risale-i Nur in his article entitled “The Provisions of Modern Economic Concepts in Risale-i Nur”, and in several explanations about economics in many of Said Nursi's works. 

6. M. İrfan Yeşilnacar and Hakan Yıldız explained the existence of African underground water resources, the difficulties experienced in reaching these resources, and the human ambitions underlying these difficulties, in their article titled "Traces of the Dish of the Hand in the Troubles Experienced in Africa".

8. Vehbi Kara aims to understand the characteristics of the period named by Nursi as the  “Age of Freedom and Liberty” in his article “The History of Slavery and its End”. In the article, the approaches and predictions made by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and some thinkers while classifying the history of humanity were evaluated and a new classification was proposed considering the new developments that took place after these thinkers.      

9. Ediz Sözüer rejects agnosticism in his article entitled "The Concept of An Unknowable Truth In The Universe Is Unacceptable!" and tries to prove the thesis that there is an ontological truth that is rationally and universally knowable.

10. Faruk Soylu's extensive international information and assessment is given about the 2nd International Bangladesh Nursi Conference on “Global Peace and Harmony from Risale-i Nur Perspective” held at Kushtia Islamic University in Bangladesh on 28-29 January 2019 .

As a writer, referee and reader, we would like to thank everyone who supported us. See you in our ninth issue…

This Katre number is the second issue where correspondence and referee evaluation process is done via the magazine. For this reason, authors should directly upload their articles that they duly write to DergiPark. 

It should also be remembered that the articles were passed through the plagiarism program to our authors and the articles to be sent should not have been published anywhere before.

Health for everyone's labor and heart as writers, referees, readers and journal staff who contributed to the publishing of Katre.