Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, OP, an Iraqi Dominican priest and friar, is the Director of the Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts in Iraq, whose mission is to salvage and digitize manuscripts in war-torn Iraq. He is currently a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute and is working on HMML manuscripts during his spring 2013 campus residency.
Fr. Najeeb offered a lecture and slide presentation looking closely at the history and current reality of Christianity in the cradle of civilization—the region of Mesopotamia, or modern Iraq.
In his lecture, Fr. Najeeb discusses the many beautiful vestiges and rich treasure of manuscripts discovered in this region that inform us about the vivacity of this missionary Church. He answers the pressing questions: What has become of this ancient Christian community, the beautiful churches, and the mass treasure of manuscripts? (Abstract adapted from DigitalCommons@CSB/SJU)
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