Through completing this research process, I not only learned a good deal about the existence of pre-modern Orientalism, but also about the nature of liberal arts research in general.
As I mentioned in part one of this post, there were religious and secular factors that contributed to the cultural division between the West and East. Now, I will recount the role that religion played in the separation of Europe from the Middle East.
Okay, so this may not be the best logic, but this is how my research was completed this summer. It is odd, however, that I have finally found the time [and the volition] to type my final blog posts after I presented my findings at the research symposium. I guess that I had a more concrete understanding of my research once I was pushed to talk to other people about what exactly I had discovered. Nonetheless, I present you with my research saga. I know that my previous post concludes with my assertion that I would research a specific thesis…but that changed. Instead, I invite you to read the following summary of my studies.