This place-name, which may preserve the name of a vanished monastery, still exists today in the district of al- Ashmunayn.
Ramzi (1953-1968, Vol. 2, pt. 3, p. 200) notes that in a document of A.M. 911/A.D. 1505-1506, this dayr bears the name of Dayr Saft al-Khammar. Today it is situated in the markaz (district) of Minya; it is mentioned in the State of Provinces in 1375 (p. 689) under the name of Dayr ‘Atiyyah.
Ramzi (Vol. 1, p. 258) seems to identify this place with DAYR AL-A‘SAL.
- ‘Abd el-Latif. Relation de lEgypte de ‘Abd el-Latif, trans. and ed. A. 1810. I. S. de Sacy. Paris, 1810.
- Ramzi, M. Al-Qamus al-Jughrafi lil-Bilad al Misriyyah, 3 vols. Cairo, 1953-1968.
MAURICE MARTIN, S. J.