Iraq


  • Region

    Middle East
  • Country

    Iraq
  • Cities

    Alqūsh, Baghdad, Erbil, Khidr, Kirkuk, Mosul, Qarah Qūsh, and others
  • Repositories

    Chaldean Archdiocese of Irbīl, Chaldean Archdiocese of Karkūk, Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon, Mar Behnam Monastery, Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Baghdad, Syrian Catholic Diocese Qaraqosh (Tahira), and other libraries and private collections
  • Languages

    Syriac, Arabic, Arabic Garshuni, Neo-Aramaic, Armenian, Turkish, Turkish Garshuni, Persian, Italian, English, Georgian, Greek, Kurdish Garshuni, French, Russian, Tatar, Akkadian, and Phoenician
  • Project Dates

    2009-present
  • Partners

    Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux (CNMO)

Since 2009, HMML has partnered with CNMO and its founder, Father Najeeb Michaeel, OP, a Dominican friar of the Priory of Mosul. Working with a team of young refugees displaced from their ancestral homes by recent conflicts, Fr. Najeeb has found and digitized hundreds of manuscripts in dozens of collections throughout Iraq. In 2011-2012, HMML worked with its Iraqi partners to digitize one of the most valuable Syriac libraries in existence: the historic 4th-century Mar Behnam monastery. In March 2015, ISIS bombed Mar Behnam monastery but the manuscripts had been safely hidden. Other collections were not so fortunate and are known to have been destroyed. Others remain hidden and inaccessible, available only through the images created by CNMO and HMML.

20th-c. Lectionary in Arabic Gashuni, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mosul destroyed after the fall of Mosul in 2014 (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/135736'>ASOM 339</a>) 20th-c. Lectionary in Arabic Gashuni, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mosul destroyed after the fall of Mosul in 2014 (ASOM 339)
Technicians with Fr. Najeeb (center) examining a manuscript at CNMO, Erbil Technicians with Fr. Najeeb (center) examining a manuscript at CNMO, Erbil
17th/18th-c. Syriac grammar book, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mosul destroyed after the fall of Mosul in 2014 (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/136346'>ASOM 107</a>) 17th/18th-c. Syriac grammar book, Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mosul destroyed after the fall of Mosul in 2014 (ASOM 107)
Ruined manuscripts at CNMO Ruined manuscripts at CNMO
18th-c. liturgical manuscript in Syriac in the collection of the Dominican Friars of Mosul (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/134188'>DFM 13</a>) 18th-c. liturgical manuscript in Syriac in the collection of the Dominican Friars of Mosul (DFM 13)
Fr. Najeeb Michaeel and HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, at Mar Mattai Monastery Fr. Najeeb Michaeel and HMML Executive Director Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, at Mar Mattai Monastery
Manuscript at CNMO Manuscript at CNMO
Nuhad ‘Abd al-Masih Boutros entering manuscript metadata at CNMO Nuhad ‘Abd al-Masih Boutros entering manuscript metadata at CNMO
Technicians Rita and Myriam cleaning and digitizing the manuscripts of the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon collection, moved from Baghdad to Erbil Technicians Rita and Myriam cleaning and digitizing the manuscripts of the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon collection, moved from Baghdad to Erbil
Technician Talin Agob digitizing manuscripts at CNMO Technician Talin Agob digitizing manuscripts at CNMO
Fr. Najeeb Michaeel with manuscript at CNMO Fr. Najeeb Michaeel with manuscript at CNMO
Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, at the bombed University of Mosul Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, at the bombed University of Mosul
Technician paginating a manuscript at CNMO Technician paginating a manuscript at CNMO
Examining an Armenian manuscript at CNMO Examining an Armenian manuscript at CNMO
16th-c. Gospel book in Syriac, Arabic Garshuni, and Arabic, from the Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Baghdad (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/128027'>ASCBN 52</a>) 16th-c. Gospel book in Syriac, Arabic Garshuni, and Arabic, from the Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Baghdad (ASCBN 52)
At Mar Mattai Monastery At Mar Mattai Monastery

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