Vol 9, No 33 (2015): Islam and Life - Islamic Art Inspiring Western Art, Artists Part 2

The second part of the “Islam and Life - Islamic Art Inspiring Western Art, Artists” an interview between two Islamic scholars published as audio visuals by the Press TV, warrants transcription here and re-focussing with respect to the continuing debate on the relationship between Islam’s monotheistic credence and its pluralistic settings because the interview’s position on the particularities of the Western Muslims makes the distinctive point that Islam is not an Eastern or “Middle Eastern” religion, but a universal one that absorbs the characteristics of whichever locale its adherents flourish in.

As a counter-weight to the overt demonization of Islam by the Western media hegemony’s futile attempt at redefining and subsuming the Islamic way of life negatively within the narrative of terror, radicalisation and a global cultural clash of civilisations; the interview presents a positive appraisal of the contributions Islam is making to Western culture and civilisation. Professor Ramadan of the Oxford University and Professor Bleher do not indulge the Western corporate media extremist reportage in which Islam is presented in tandem with every major conflict the West is involved with, in any way whatsoever. ( Rather, the interview engages serious and uncomfortable issues such as the multiple and sometimes fragmented identities of Muslims in the West and the role of Islam in the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims.

I have insisted on providing further bibliographies for both the interviewer and the interviewee to avail readers the opportunity to evaluate the depth of the discussion and discussants beyond the confines of the broadcast interview and this edited transcript.

I am in gratitude to both scholars and to the Press TV for undertaking the Islam and Life series to promote Peace and Understanding and for making the interview available for public use.

Vol 9, No 32 (2015): Islam and Life - Islamic Art Inspiring Western Art, Artists Part 1

Islamic Art is both a sacred and mundane art form and brings to the fore the redressing of the balance of identity for Western Muslims in which their faith, duties and worship serve as vehicles of elevation to understanding that God is beauty. The paper refreshes promoting our commonality and uniqueness. It strikes the right tone in its balanced approach challenging and undermining “the negative associations with Islam prevalent in the [corporate] media”.


Vol 8, No 30 (2014): The Classic Literature of India-Antiquity of the Srîmad-Bhâgavatam-or Bhâgavata-Purâna

Master of Arts Thesis Summary Part 1: (Instituto Bhaktivedanta de Ciencias y Humanidades) The Classic Literature of India-Antiquity of the Srîmad-Bhâgavatam-or Bhâgavata-Purâna

Dr Arganis-Juárez in this part-summary encapsulates the competing paradigms put forward by Indologists and experts of all shades and scholarly work in trying to authentically establish how ancient the Srîmad-Bhâgavatam is. His evaluation provides a sound base from which one can accept that the Srîmad-Bhâgavatam and its concept of the four ages comes from a time previous to the Ice Age, when it is believed that man migrated from Asia to the Americas.

Editorial note: 

The publication of the Thesis Summary in two parts is in accordance with the author’s wish and is different to other versions published elsewhere in the matter of style, peer review and textual reliability. For example, on our page 13, it reads: “This means there is no hard evidence to prove that the Greeks had such an influence on Indian culture.” In the others, you will read “[…] there is no hard evidence to prove that the Greeks had such an influence on Greek culture.”

Vol 8, No 29 (2014): Interview: Arts “on Facebook”

Dr. Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu has been drawing caricatures since 1977 with extensive worldwide coverage and has won twenty-seven international prizes and forty-four national awards. Dr. Ekşioğlu received the Sedat Simavi Plastic Arts award in 1997 and his work had been published as the cover for The New Yorker Magazine and the Forbes. Two of his arts printed on the UNICEF postcards are being sold worldwide and he has had a special success with his caricature published in the New Yorker cover for Sept. 11, 2011 anniversary edition.


1977 yılından beri karikatür çalışmaları yapan Dr. Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu 27 adet uluslararası ve 44 adet ulusal ödül kazandı. 1997 Sedat Simavi Plastik Sanatlar Ödülü’nün sahibi olan Dr. Ekşioğlu’nun çalışmaları, The New Yorker ve Forbes dergilerinin kapak tasarımı olarak yayınlandı. UNICEF, iki adet çalışmasını kartpostal olarak yayınladı ve tüm dünyada satışa sundu. 11 Eylül 2011 yıldönümü baskısında The New Yorker kapağında yayınlanan karikatürü ile özel bir başarı kazandı.


Vol 8, No 28 (2014): Ex-libris in Turkey

The article explores the introduction of Ex-libris Art to Turkey, tracing its historical antecedent from Europe and from books about the Ottoman era to its current enthusiasts local to museums, schools and universities in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus. .....


Makale, Ekslibris Sanatı’nın Türkiye'ye girişini, exlibrisin tarihsel Avrupa'lı öncülerinden ve Osmanlı dönemi hakkındaki kitaplardan günümüz meraklılarına, Türkiye'deki ve Kuzey Kıbrıs'taki müzeler, okullar ve üniversitelere kadar izlemekte ve araştırmaktadır. ...........


Vol 7, No 27 (2013): Sosyal Medyada Rekabet Analizi İçin Karşılaştırma Görevine Yönelik Fikir Madenciliği Modeli

Günümüz internet kullanıcıları bir yandan yeni nesil teknolojilerin getirdiği kolaylıklar sayesinde ağ üzerinde sosyalleşirken, diğer yandan da birçok iş alanında dönüşümlere neden olmaktadır. Artık işletmelerin sosyal medya olarak adlandırdığımız bu ortamlara eğilmeleri bir zorunluluk halini almıştır. Zira bu ortamlar kullanıcıyı pasif konumdan içerik üreten aktif kullanıcı haline getirmiş ve bünyesinde ürün ve hizmetlere ilişkin barındırdığı milyonlarca yorum ile işletmelere rekabet analizi, itibar yönetimi, kriz yönetimi, halkla ilişkiler gibi alanlarda yeni rekabet yöntemlerine olanak sağlamıştır. Bu doğrultuda çalışmada sosyal medyada rekabet analizi için karşılaştırma görevine yönelik bir fikir madenciliği modeli geliştirilmiştir.

Competitive Analysis on Social Media Comparison Task Oriented: Opinion Mining Model

Since social media environments can turn users from a passive position into active users who self-generate contents, in their millions of comments, relating to products and services thus providing enterprises the opportunities for new competition methods in areas such as competitive analysis, reputation management, crisis management, and public relations; an opinion mining model is used in the study for analysis of social media aimed at comparison purposes.

Vol 7, No 26 (2013): Changes to the Education System of England and Wales in the last 70 years Part 5: The 60s and the 80s

This paper is the fifth in a series and is concerned with the substantial progress made by comprehensive education between 1962 and 1983 to become the dominant mode of secondary education in England and Wales.

2013: About The Editor

Biography about the Editor-in-Chief of JAMMO

Vol 7, No 25 (2013): Interview on Resonance of Syncretic Kabbalah Today

Prof. Dr. Paul Silva, Editor-in-Chief, JAMMO,Talks to Adjunct Prof. Olen D. Rush, on Resonance of Syncretic Kabbalah Today. Kabbalah is regarded controversially by different religious groups; some even hold the view that it is evil and that it was originally taught to mankind by the “Watchers” or “fallen angels” which they claimed led to the “destruction of the Jews”, a pivotal reason they gave for the exiling of the Jews to Babylon. In this interview, Prof. Dr. Paul Silva discusses these issues and many more with Dr. Olen D. Rush.

Vol 7, No 24 (2013): Changes to the Education System of England and Wales in the last 70 years: Part 4: 1970-1979

Professor David Rogerson, in this article, focuses on the influence of the local government reorganisation in the West Riding, Yorkshire evaluating in part, how the serious economic conditions may have moved both the Conservative and the Labour Parties to the right. He traces the 1970s development of the education service, interweaving his personal leadership experience with that of other stakeholders and government officials in his critique of the climate for the development of schools in view of the professional concerns and pressures at the time and the influence parents had in the state system.

Vol 6, No 23 (2013): Frustration in Cinema: Ideological Presentation of Dreams

Dr. Çelik analyses the film Sonbahar to discuss auteur cinema’s use of conceptual frustration for transformative effect in which film audiences are pertinent to the creative process.

Vol 6, No 22 (2013): Interview on The Politics of, for and Against Islam

Prof. Dr. Paul Silva, Editor-in-Chief, JAMMO, Talks to Prof. Dr. Sahib Mustaqim Bleher, on The Politics of, for and Against Islam.Professor Paul Silva explores with Professor Sahib Mustaqim Bleher, historically contentious issues in the relationship between the principles and practice of Islam on the one hand and the political history of Islam in view of its paradoxical reality today. Namely, that although Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in modern times, its political influence remains limited at state level in the Middle and Far East and Africa as well as at the international level whilst it is viewed radically as a threat to world stability by the West in contradistinction to its dictum of Peace.

Vol 6, No 21 (2013): Changes to the Education System of England and Wales in the last 70 years Part 3: The 1960s and the 1970s

Professor Rogerson examines particular changes in the 1960s and the early 1970s in the pattern of secondary education in England and Wales with an emphasis on the immediate effects on institutions in the West Riding County Council in which he served. He details nationally the effects of Circular 10/65 and the arguments used by the Labour Party to justify its implementation as well as the growing backlash against comprehensive reorganisation within the Conservative Party.

Vol 6, No 20 (2013): Review of the Relationship between Superstitions, Metaphors, and Advertising

Prof. Rafael Hernandez Barros of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain reviews the article of Sibel Akova of Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey: The Relationship between Superstitions, Metaphors, and Advertising published in JAMMO, Vol 3, Part 9, pages 138-156


Vol 5, No 18 (2012): A Typographic Analysis of Turkish Newspapers' Websites

Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş acknowledges that typography is in some respect the most important element in an online newspaper's graphic design as it is the art of situating typefaces on a two-dimensional surface. Typography thus ensures that writing pushes the limits of logic, keeps attention alive, caresses human spirit, infuriates, and excites. Therefore, the typography of an online newspaper should be “simple, effective and deep”.

Vol 5, No 17 (2012): Change in the Education System in England and Wales since the Second World War Part 2:The Developing Pattern

Professor Rogerson's reflective evaluation of the 1950s and 1960s’ difficulty for both politicians and officers on how reorganisation was to be achieved rigorously demonstrates that what was negotiated with the education act was the relationship between central and local government and between local government and localities.

Vol 4, No 16 (2012): Change in the Education System in England and Wales in the last 70 years (Part 1: 1944 – 1949)

Professor Rogerson, an education leader in the Yorkshire region, having being actively involved in the implementation vis-à-vis the development of regional education policies within the various national education models and paradigms of England and Wales in the last 50 years analyses the 1944 Education Act seen as pivotal in defining the relationship between the centre and the regions after the 2nd World War. He argues with breadth and depth that “subsequent developments have been in accord with the Act or have been enabled by the add-on legislation of succeeding governments because the educational themes, which developed later, have their origin in the intentions; the spirit, the mandatory or permissive mix of the 1944 Act; and in reactions to it.”

Vol 4, No 15 (2012): Mysticism in Subliminal Advertising

Based on inter-disciplinary approaches, Asst. Prof. Dr. Yalçın Kırdar explores the different methods and techniques of subliminal advertising and its pervasive use of the word "sex" and sexual images, even in advertisements targeting children and in cartoons. This is worrisome, to say the least!

Vol 4, No 14 (2012): International Film Festivals: A Cinema Struggling to Exist Between New Resources and New ‘Dependencies’

Asst. Prof. Dr. Tülay Çelik provides a balanced and well-reasoned criticism of the new director-cinema in Turkey against the background of globalised marketing through the International Film Festivals and networks of distribution outlets. Dr. Çelik argues for the preservation of the art in the films and the individual dynamism of the director-producer phenomenon. She cautions against festival directors, distribution managers and the international co-producers determining the production process exclusively and from reducing the ethos of the new film dynamism to sheer consumption.


Vol 3, No 12 (2011): Excavations at the Mound of Van Fortress/ Tuspa

Asst. Prof. Dr. Erkan Konyar of the Department of Ancient History, Istanbul University provides the results from one of his archaeological excavations in Van. The work at the Mound of Van Fortress is supported by the Scientific Research Projects Unit of Istanbul University

(Project nos. 14225 and 13003), Ministry of Culture General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums-DÖSİMM and Aygaz. We would like to thank all the organizations, which contributed to the excavation.

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