26 Apr 2017

Saving ancient religious manuscripts from destruction

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:10 pm on 26 April 2017

ISIS has an unlikely nemesis who is trying to cut off the massive amounts of money the terrorist group makes from looting and selling antiquities. Benedictine Monk, Father Columba Stewart has spent the last 13 years saving Christian and Islamic manuscripts from destruction. He teaches locals in Syria and Iraq to look for ancient books and then preserves the manuscripts digitally.

So far he has saved 50-million handwritten pages of precious material.