On June 12th I’m boarding an airplane to Cairo for a little post university vacation. I am mostly doing this as a way of prolonging my applications to grad-school. As unoriginal as the idea of a post university jaunt to the Orient is, I hope it might yield some novel insights and observations. Synchronize your watches folks, the countdown to Cairo begins.
As for the title of my journal ‘The Orientalist’ it refers to the Western approach to studying the East. Edward Said, who recently passed away, coined the term to refer to the exotic fascination the West has for the East. I chose this as my title because despite my course in Religious Studies I have no doubt that it might apply to me.