Barriers between Me and the Middle East

A responsible student of any foreign culture recognizes that barriers exist between themselves and the people they wish to study. Some barriers, such as the physical type, can be easily overcome with a simple visit or move. Yet others, such as cultural or linguistic barriers, require much more focused and disciplined methods. Within my own study of Mesopotamia, easily identifiable barriers exist between me and the people and culture I try deeply to understand. While differences in language, education, and history are easy to recognize, the method to overcome these barriers is not. Continue reading