Daqahlah

DAQAHLAH

A village in located in the northeast part of the Delta about 5.5 miles (8.5 km) south of Fariskur in the province of Daqahliyyah.

The first reference to Daqahlah in Christian-Arabic is in the where it is related that a great famine afflicted in the first years of Moorish rule in the tenth century. Many towns that were without a bishop because of the depopulation of the land had to be joined to episcopal sees that were still occupied. In addition, colophons in two tenth-century Coptic attest to the presence of Christians in Daqahlah at this early date. The name of the town also appears in a medieval Copto- Arabic list of Egyptian bishoprics (Munier, 1943, pp. 49-55).

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque , pp. 509-510. Paris, 1893.
  • Munier, H. des listes épiscopales de l’église . Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 2, pp. 556-58. Wiesbaden, 1984.

RANDALL STEWART