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Taʼfeh and Ckalaʼbʼsheh.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0035
Taʼfeh and Ckalaʼbʼsheh.

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Above Wa'dee Ckurda'seh the valley widens, for a space of about three miles; and the tract of cultivable land on each side of the river is not so narrow. In this comparatively open district, on the west side of the river, are situated two temples and numerous other monuments of the town of Taphis. This chapter describes various monuments of the town of Ta'feh (the ancient Taphis). The mountains of granite which confine and contract the bed of the Nile immediately above Ta'feh have a bold and picturesque appearance. Proceeding a little way up this narrow strait, the stream is obstructed yet more by numerous rocky islands, which are also of granite. These, when the river is low, form rapids, which are termed the Shila'l of Ckala'b'sheh. Furthermore, this chapter discusses the principal village of Ckala'b'sheh, which, though one of the least ancient class, is a very fine structure.

Keywords: Wa'dee Ckurda'she; Taphis; mountains; rocky islands; Shila'l of Ckala'b'sheh

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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