Dr. Josh Mugler
Dr. Josh Mugler joined HMML in 2018 as the Associate Cataloger for Arabic and Syriac manuscripts. In 2020 he was promoted to his current position of Curator of Islamic Manuscripts. Mugler holds degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee and the Divinity School of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In 2019, he earned his PhD in Theological and Religious Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Mugler has presented at numerous conferences across the U.S. and Istanbul, Turkey, and he has published widely. Prior to joining HMML, Mugler taught at Georgetown University and worked as an assistant to the Study of Religions across Civilizations program, which promoted the exchange of U.S.-based and Moroccan-based scholars.
At HMML, Mugler catalogs Islamic manuscripts and leads a team of catalogers assigned to the Islamic manuscripts collection. They work collaboratively with the entire cataloging team, especially those members focused on Eastern Christian manuscripts whose collections often fall within the same geographic area.
What he enjoys most about his work: “I love having the opportunity to participate in a project that preserves the endangered cultural heritage of communities around the world and makes them available online for both scholars and members of those communities at no cost. I feel very connected to people from centuries ago as I read their handwritten notes on the pages of their manuscripts.”