A city located in the about 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Tanta in the province of .

The earliest reference to Christians in the area of Abyar is the notice in the that around 1117 a hermit named lived near the city. The first attested bishop of Abyar was Mark, who was among the bishops who joined with in 1240 to issue new (Munier, 1943, p. 31).

About one-half mile southwest of Abyar is Dayr al-Habis () with its church of . The of this church is indicated by the fact that it is named in a medieval list of (Amélineau, 1893, pp. 578, 580).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque copte, p. 1. Paris, 1893.
  • Munier, H. Recueil des listes épiscopales de l’église copte. Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 1, pp. 60-63. Wiesbaden, 1984.

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