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Maroun El Houkayem is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Religion. He holds an MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from University College London and a Licence in History from the Sorbonne University. His work studies the social contexts and intellectual currents that drove scholars to seek out early Christian manuscripts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It demonstrates how the moving and appropriation of manuscripts to construct academic fields of study are inscribed in social networks and power relations that spread outside the academy.

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