For the love of books

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We love this story of a beautiful new bookstore in Istanbul and the power of books to build community:

After four years of war, Syrians are everywhere in Istanbul — on street corners, squatting in abandoned buildings. But a new venture run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers, and, along the way, give Turks a fuller picture of the Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans increasingly filling the city.

In a painstakingly restored old wooden house in a working class neighborhood, Syrians, Iraqis and Turks mingled recently amid the shelves of the Pages bookstore.

Read more, here.


One Comment on “For the love of books”

  1. kamalfizazi says:

    Reblogged this on izazif and commented:
    Beautiful, especially when I think of all the devastation and loss Syrians have been experiencing, and how traumatic the upheaval of being a refugee is.