From Benʼee Sooweyʼf to El-Minʼyeh.

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI:
From Benʼee Sooweyʼf to El-Minʼyeh.

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This chapter describes the author's journey from Ben'ee Soowey'f to El-Min'yeh. It gives a detailed account of the environs of Ben'ee Soowey'f. It also talks about the ruins of an ancient town, now called Medee'net Gahl, on the western bank, close to the river Nile. “Medee'net Gahl” may be interpreted as “the city of Ignorance”: so this ruined town was called by the inhabitants of the nearest village: the name of “Modo,” which Hamilton says was given to it by the people of the neighbourhood. This chapter also describes the high cliffs of Geb'el et-Teyr upon the summit of which is a Coptic convent, called Deyr el-' Ad'ra (or the Convent of the Virgin), and Deyr el-Bek'arah (or the Convent of the Pulley).

Keywords: Ben'ee Soowey'f; El-Min'yeh; Medee'net Gahl; Modo; Deyr el-' Ad'ra; Deyr el-Bek'arah

Chapter.  2401 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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