Oriental studies

study of Asia and Asian history, cultures, languages, peoples, etc.

Oriental studies include Near Eastern and Far Eastern societies and cultures, languages, and peoples and their histories; in recent years the term Asian studies has mostly replaced the older term. European study of the region had primarily religious origins, which has remained an important motivation until recent times.

Hayton of Corycus remitting his report on the Mongols, to Pope Clement V, in 1307.

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