Mahallah Al-Kubra, Al


A city located in the middle of the Delta in the Gharbiyyah province. In earlier Arabic sources it was known simply as al-Mahallah and in Coptic as ]sairi.

The early history of Christianity in al-Mahallah al-Kubra is obscure because the city is seldom mentioned in sources before the Arabic period. However, by the year 1257 al-Mahallah al-Kubra was a bishopric, as evidenced by the attendance of Bishop Gregory of al- Mahallah at the consecration of the in Cairo in that year (Munier, 1943, p. 34).

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque copte, pp. 262-63. Paris, 1893.
  • Munier, H. Recueil des listes épiscopales de l’église copte. Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 4, pp. 1527-30. Wiesbaden, 1988.