Mr. Lennington is interested in how populations in the Middle Ages conceptualized themselves and how they imagined their geographic, cultural, religious, and temporal “others”.
He is committed to analyzing these issues in a legitimately multicultural way, including Arabic and Judeo-Arabic texts from the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain, in addition to texts in European languages. The issues of religion, violence, human dignity, and the opposite of each of these can only be fully understood in the present day by understanding how these concepts operated in the Middle Ages and continued to follow trajectories through each of the successive waves of modernities.
He is currently working on a dissertation entitled “Violence, Religion, and the Other: Identity and Alterity at the Beginning of English Literature”. Matters posited above while challenging assumptions about orientalism and about what the job of a scholar is in addressing such issues are discussed. While in Princeton’s Ph. D. program David has studied in Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where he recently did linguistic fieldwork studying the dialect of the Ghāmid tribe in the mountains of the southwest of that country.