Hey, thanks for visiting the site! This blog is what I chose to create for my final project in CC's summer abroad course, Living Islam: The Turkish Experience. After looking back on all of what the class had to offer, my pictures, my notes and the readings we were assigned, I decided that this medium would be perfect platform for me to creatively display some of the memories and knowledge I had returned with. As well, I imagined this blog as a resource for any students who are interested in the program. If this is you, hopefully this will help you to imagine what it's like to study the Islamic tradition in Turkey, along with provide you with an example of how the final project can be executed and some of the material we cover. To be honest though, if you are a prospective student reading this, I want you to know what a great time I had and how incredibly interesting it was. There is so much this class has to offer beyond just the opportunity of safely traveling abroad with your friends to exotic places. It is truly an in-depth academic journey that earns you credits while you explore historic hubs on the other side of the world.
While the site is supposed to be fun and very photo oriented, the blog is the academic portion of the final assignment. What I have done is distilled much of what we learned during the course of our journey and our evening discussions and separated that information into themes or subjects. Each post incorporates a different aspect of our experience. Whether it's a Q and A meeting with a high level Turkish diplomat or Sheik, or a visit to an important historical landmark, I will do my best to portray my personal experiences while incorporating what I learned from each situation.
A Quick Introduction
This video footage was taken by either myself or Sayre Thomas at different points throughout our trip. I put this video together just for fun and to add another dimension to the viewing experience of the website. Hopefully it will provide you with some more food for thought on the course, along with a better idea of what it feels like to be over there. In the end, that's what this is all about: immersing yourself into a culture and experiencing it with a level of depth unrivaled in the simple college classroom setting.