By Sefa Sahin and S. Ahmet Aytac
Turkey’s top religious authority on Friday announced the production of a handbook in Arabic on the principles of Islam for Syrians both in Turkey and their war-torn country.
The Presidency of Religious Affairs is publishing 20,000 copies of the handbook, called Al-Fiqh ilmihal, for Syrian Muslims of the Sunni Shafii sect.
The Arabic handbook will be distributed both in Syria and to Syrians living in refugee camps in Turkey.
The two-volume handbook, prepared by the help of Syrian Islamic scholars, aims to dispel misrepresentations of Islam spread by terrorist groups in the region like Daesh, offering instead a reliable source of information on Islam.
The books will be distributed through the offices of the muftis in Turkey’s southern Kilis and Gaziantep provinces, neighboring Syria.
According to the UN, Turkey is the top refugee host in the world, providing home to some 3.2 million Syrian refugees who have taken shelter after fleeing the war.
Syria has been locked in a devastating conflict since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.