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Explore the many countries, cities and institutions of HMML’s fieldwork sites.

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Meet some of the people, communities and traditions who are part of HMML’s global team.

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Learn more about the manuscripts in HMML’s digital and microfilm collections.

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Connecting Communities

HMML employs, trains and supports people in local communities to preserve their own heritage. Meet a few of the people that are part of HMML’s global team.

Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts, Iraq

Partners in saving Iraq’s threatened Christian heritage, digitizing manuscripts before and after ISIS.
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Librarians of Timbuktu, Mali

Manuscripts from a fabled center of trade and Islamic learning, now threatened and displaced.
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Christian Communities of Aleppo, Syria

A unique blend of ancient and modern communities in what was once Syria’s most cosmopolitan city.
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Leading Muslim Families of Jerusalem

Caring for historic manuscript collections in one of the world’s most volatile locations.
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Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala State, India

Indian and Syriac Christian cultures meet in an ancient and flourishing tradition.
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Meet Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB

HMML's Executive Director Since 2003

The career of Columba Stewart, OSB, D.Phil., links the ancient past with current events in some of the world’s most volatile regions. His international travels are a stark contrast to the steady routine of Benedictine monastic life in central Minnesota. As both monk and scholar, Father Columba works with the full range of HMML’s partners, from traditional religious communities to academic institutions and major foundations.
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