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« on: March 05, 2012, 09:25:17 AM »

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
Under the Auspices of His Eminence Mor Cyril Ephrem Karim

Presents a Lecture
Making the Encyclopedia of the Syriac Heritage
by George A. Kiraz

Followed by a Book Launch
This is the first time an encyclopedia of the Syriac heritage is published. Written by over 70 international specialists, this encyclopedia covers over 600 topics on all aspects of Syriac Christianity: history, religion, towns and villages, saints, writers, themes. This is a perfect resource for parents and students to learn about the Syriac heritage.

Location:
St. Mary’s Church, Paramus, New Jersey
Sunday March 11, 2012
6:00PM
Attendance Free.
Refreshments will be served.

http://www.syrianorthodoxchurch.org/news/2012/03/03/a-lecture---making-the-encyclopedia-of-the-syriac-heritage
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 10:19:20 AM »

I went to the University of Chicago, one of the top institution for Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and everyone involved with Syriac was amazed at what George Kiraz had done, nearly on his own.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2012, 10:05:13 AM »

Indeed, he's an amazing man.

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George Kiraz was born in Bethlehem to a Syriac Orthodox merchants family which traces its roots back to Harput in Anatolia. He learned Syriac at the St. Mark's Monastery in Jerusalem and since he developed interest in this language. In 1983 he emigrated with his family to the United States where they settled in Los Angeles.

He holds numerous degrees including a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from California State University in 1990, a Master's degree in Syriac Studies from Oxford University in 1991, a Master's degree in Computer speech and Language processing, and a Ph.D. degree in Computational Linguistics from Cambridge University in 1992 and 1996 respectively.

In 1986 he designed the first computer fonts for Syriac. He developed the proposal for encoding Syriac in Unicode and designed the Unicode compliant Meltho fonts which enable Syriac computing on modern computers. His fonts are by far the most popular Computer Syriac fonts used in modern days.

He have been involved in Syriac related projects such as the co-founding of Gorgias Press, a publishing house dedicated to Syriac studies, and directing the institute of Beth Mardutho, which seeks to promote Syriac heritage and language. In 1996 he joined Bell Labs as a Member of Technical Staff in the Language Modeling Group, his research interests include finite-state technology, morphology, phonology and Syriac studies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kiraz
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