Istanbul: A Place of Its Own

I’m curious to learn how Turkey remains Turkey in today’s increasingly globalized world. What has been taken, what has been preserved, what will stay and what will come? Many texts refer to Turkey, and particularly Istanbul, as the site where East meets West, yet I’m wondering how accurate that portrayal is. Rather than a kind of cultural liminal space, perhaps Turkey is actually a uniquely defined space of its own. In Istanbul, and especially at Bogazici University, I’ve appreciated how welcoming and curious people are. Each day, someone new is excited to learn where I am from, why I have come to Istanbul and how they can help me become integrated into the city life. Perhaps this open, friendly manner of Istanbul citizens is reflective of their city’s history and central location in the world.

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