Inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the 18-day book fair aims to promote love for books and bring together publisher, author and reader.
Every Ramadan, a book fair is held in Istanbul and Ankara, welcoming hundreds of publishers and showcasing famous writers and scholars on a wide range of topics, including Islamic literature, arts and culture.
Organized for the 39th time by the Türkiye Diyanet Foundation, the Book and Culture Fair opened in three different locations: two in Istanbul and one in Ankara. From April 9 to 27, the event will be held in the courtyard of Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara and in the courtyards of Buyuk Camlica and Fatih Mosques in Istanbul.
The fair was suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
With the participation of more than 100 publishers in a closed space of approximately 2,500 square meters, the place becomes a place for various cultural activities, as well as conferences and autograph programs.
This year, the show dedicated for the first time a special space to publications and publishers in foreign languages, thus gaining international recognition.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the opening ceremony of the Buyuk Camlica Mosque complex in Istanbul.
“I am happy that our fairs, which were suspended for two years due to the pandemic, have resumed this year,” Erdogan said.
“Our civilization was built upon the command ‘Read, ˹O Prophet,˺ in the Name of your Lord Who created. We have a culture that places the Quran above all else.”
Erdogan said reading books is a natural instinct of every Muslim and history bears witness to this.
“There is nothing more natural than the members of such a civilization being lovers of books. In our history there are such monumental names as Avicenna, such as Ghazali, who incorporate almost 500 works in their 50-60 year life, and it is worth reading and understanding correctly even those who survived until today. Today. The phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ indicates the importance that our ancestors placed on reading and writing, the greatest qualification of which was to make conquests and establish states”, has he declared.
The first of these fairs was held in Ankara in 1983. The following year it was held in both Ankara and Istanbul.
The purpose of this fair was to make the courtyards of the mosque functional as they were in the past and to bring together the publisher, the writer and the reader during the month of Ramadan. It also aimed to encourage the love of books and inculcate the habit of reading books in all sections of society.
While book and culture fairs normally start on the first day of Ramadan, they have started around the middle of Ramadan in recent years at the request of publishing houses and continue until Laylat al-Qadr.
Source: World TRT