With nearly two-million Syrian refugees in Turkey, 300,000 of which in Istanbul, the Arab population is growing significantly there. In an attempt to create a meeting space between Arabs and Turks, “Pages” opened last June.
Pages is the first Arabic bookstore in Istanbul, run by six Syrians, one Omani, and a Turk. Samer Al Kadri, the founder of the bookshop, was a graphic artist and an owner of a publishing house before leaving Syria. After living in Jordan for a year, Al Kadri’s family moved to Turkey. With hopes of return to Syria, he is planning to start a bilingual publishing house to break the language barrier between Arabs and Turks and connect them culturally.
Finding common grounds with new cultures is a great way for Arabs to adapt to living abroad. Do you know of any other cultural contributions of Arabs in other countries?
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