A town located in the middle of the about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) southwest of al-Mahallah al-Kubra in the . The speaks in two different places about the building of a church to the in Dinushar. The account of the life of the patriarch (851-858) describes briefly the erection of the church and states that was interred there. But the life of (880-907) states that the patriarch Kha’il dedicated a church to Saint in Dinushar. The for 20 recounts a conflict surrounding the dedication of the church at the time of the patriarch Kha’il. Though these accounts are somewhat disparate, it is clear that in the ninth century there were and a church of the martyr Ptolemaus in Dinushar.

The name Dinushar appears in medieval scales, but in the absence of other evidence, it is uncertain whether this means the city was at one time the seat of a .


  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque copte, p. 143. Paris, 1893.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 2, pp. 870-71. Wiesbaden, 1984.

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