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.
The Birth of the Middle East: Cultural Developments and Misperceptions between the European and Islamic Worlds of the 14th Century
Hey everyone! My name is Jeff Rohde and I am originally from just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. I am in love with everything about William and Mary, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to conduct research here during the summer. I have met so many amazing people, had some fantastic (even worldly) experiences, and taken some mind-blowing classes! My project this summer is actually a further investigation of a discussion that was held in my class devoted to Dante Alighieri’s Commedia. Because my project title is a bit of a mouthful, I will try to break down what it is I hope to discover this summer here!