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Awsim - Coptic Wiki


A town located about 7.5 miles (12 km) northwest of in the Giza province. Ancient Egyptians knew the town as Khem. In it was called Letopolis and in Coptic it was known as bous/m (Boushem).

The town has a long tradition. The martyr Phoibammon (see MARTYRS, COPTIC), who was killed in the early fourth century, hailed from Awsim (O’Leary, 1974, pp. 229- 31). By the eighth century Awsim was a bishopric, as evidenced by a reference to a Bishop Jamul (Shamul) Shamul of the town in the life of ALEXANDER II (705-730) recorded in the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS.


  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque copte, pp. 51-54. Paris, 1893.
  • Maspero, J., and G. Wiet. Matériaux pour servir à la géographie de l’Egypte, p. 231. Cairo, 1919.
  • O’Leary, de L. The Saints of . London and New York, 1937.
  • Repr. Amsterdam, 1974.