Dayr Abu Anub, Or Nub

DAYR ABU ANUB, or Nub

A vanished monastery mentioned only by ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN (1895, p. 252). He indicates that Dayr Abu Anub (Apa Nob) was situated to the north of al- Ashmunayn and that it contained the bodies of sixty-three monks martyred in A.M. 781/A.D. 1065-1066. They had been killed by a certain black named Haffaz under the caliphate of al-Mustansir Billah, in the patriarchate of CHRISTODOULUS, at the time of troubles in Upper Egypt.

Abu Salih is the only one to mention this event. Neither the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS nor the historians speak of it. The same historian later speaks of several churches, but it does not seem that these were in the monastery.

Ramzi (1953-1963, Vol. 1, p. 259) gives an account following another document of a Dayr in the district of al-Ashmunayn, but it is not known if it is the same monastery.

  • Ramzi,  M.  Al-Qamus  al-Jughrafi  lil-Bilad  al  Misriyyah,  3  vols. Cairo, 1953-1968.

MAURICE MARTIN, S.J