A town in on the West Bank of the Nile some 20 miles (32 km) southeast of .

A number of early Coptic gravestones come from Jirja, which may indicate that the town had a at an early date, but the first definite witness for Christianity in the settlement is from the seventeenth century. A manuscript in the Vatican (MS Barberinianus 51) was copied from a manuscript dated to 1629 that was preserved in Jirja (Hebbelynck and Lantschoot, 1937, no. 51, pp. 198ff.).

In 1714 reported that Jirja formed a bishopric together with , , and (see Munier, 1943, p. 65).


  • Hebbelynck, A., and A. van Lantschoot. Codices Vaticani, Barberiniani, Borgiani, Rossiani. Vatican City, 1937.
  • Munier, H. Recueil des listes épiscopales de l’église copte. Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 2, pp. 860-62. Wiesbaden, 1984.

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