Fishah

FISHAH

An earlier name of the Egyptian town now known as Fishah Balkhah, which is located in the province of Beheirah in the district of al-Mahmudiyyah in the northwest Delta.

The states in its of PIDJIMI (11 Kiyahk) that this monk hailed from Fshah. After Pidjimi had lived in for more than twenty years, an angel appeared to him, promised that a memorial would be constructed for him in Fishah, and commanded him to return to his hometown, which the monk then did. This account places the origins of Christianity in Fishah at least as early as the end of the fourth or the beginning of the fifth century (for the dates of Pidjimi, see Evelyn-White, 1926, pp. 157-62).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte a l’époque copte. Paris, 1893.
  • Evelyn-White, H. G. The Monasteries of the Wadi ‘n Natrun, Vol. 1. New York, 1926.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 2, pp. 959, 960. Wiesbaden, 1984.

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