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Sam studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at SOAS before spending eight years researching and producing documentaries for the BBC and other broadcasters. In 2018 she decided to return to academia to pursue her love of history, and CELL's MA in Early Modern Studies introduced her to the world of manuscripts, archives and early printed books. Her MA dissertation, ‘Having often and sundry times been employed in the reading and translating of bils, bonds and letters’: Reconstructing the archive of an early modern Arabist, focused on the materiality and afterlives of the manuscripts of William Bedwell (1563-1632), the first Englishman since the Crusades to dedicate his life to the study of Arabic. Her doctoral thesis will build on this research with the aim of understanding Bedwell’s role in the collection and transmission of Arabic linguistic knowledge in early modern England and beyond.