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Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots –

By August 23, 2018Immaculate Art, News

Iraqi refugee Mothana Butres of Zahle, Lebanon, works on an icon in this undated photo. CNS photo/courtesy of Mothana Butres

When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father’s collection of thousands of Syriac books and manuscripts. The handwritten, 600-year-old book of Syriac hymns now inspires much of Butres’ work as an iconographer…

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