Waʼdee es-Soobooʼă, Hhassaʼyeh, and Ed-Dirʼr.

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:
Waʼdee es-Soobooʼă, Hhassaʼyeh, and Ed-Dirʼr.

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This chapter discusses in detail the districts inhabited by Arabs. It talks about the temple of Wa'dee es-Sooboo'. Wa'dee es-Sooboo' derives its name, which signifies “the Valley of the Lions,” from two rows of sphinxes which form an avenue to a large temple here situated. On the north-eastern side of the river, at a spot called Hhassa'yeh, or (according to some travellers) Am'ada, is a very ancient and interesting temple, situated in the desert, on a slightly-elevated stratum of rock, very near the bank. This chapter describes the town and rocktemple of Ed-Dir'r, the capital of the country. This name has been supposed to be a corruption of “Ed-Deyr,” or “the Convent.” The town consists of low huts, built of rough fragments of stone, and mud; not connected, one with another, so as to form streets, but scattered among the palm-trees which line the shore.

Keywords: Wa'dee es-Sooboo'; sphinxes; Hhassa'yeh; Am'ada; Ed-Dir'r

Chapter.  3462 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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