MONASTERIES IN THE BEHEIRAH PROVINCE
Few monasteries or hermitages are attested in this province of the west of the Delta. Apart from the great communities of the KELLIA and NITRIA, one may really mention only Dayr Ams.
This place name is quoted as a village toward 1180 (Toussoun, 1925, Vol. 1, pp. 215, 223). It is also mentioned in the al-Tuhfah al- Saniyyah (A.H. 715/A.D. 1315; trans. Sacy, p. 664). It was in the markaz (district) of Abu Hummus, therefore to the northwest of Damanhur.
- Al-Baghdadi Abd al-Latif ibn Yusuf. Al-Tuhfah al-Saniyyah. Trans. by Silvestre de Sacy as in Relation de l’Egypte. Paris, 1810. “L’Etat des provinces” is translated in an appendix.
- Toussoun, O. Mémoire sur l’histoire du Nil, 3 vols. Cairo, 1925.
MAURICE MARTIN, S.J.