Site of a Christian community at the time of the Arab conquest. The Futuh al-Bahnasa (Galtier, 1909, p. 131) says explicitly that the Christians of Sharunah allied themselves with those of Ahrit (see DAYR AL-HADID).
There were two monasteries close at hand, according to the Livre des perles enfouies, the date of which is unknown but the most ancient manuscript of which appears to be from the fifteenth century (Daressy, 1917, p. 203).
The first monastery was called Dayr al-Kilab (monastery of the dogs), a name frequently given by the Muslims to Christian monasteries. Daressy remarks that there is still a church of Saint Michael at Sharunah. This is perhaps what remains of the monastery that the Livre des perles enfouies calls “pretty, and built of stone.” The second monastery was called DAYR AL-ZAYTUN by the same author, (Daressy, p. 206).
- Daressy, G. “Indicateur topographique du Livre des perles enfouies et du mystère précieux.” Bulletin de l’Institut français d’Archéologie orientale 13 (1917):175-230.
- Galtier, E., ed. and trans. Foutouh al-Bahnasa. Mémoires publiés par les Mémbres de l’Institut français d’Archéologie orientale du Caire 22. Cairo, 1909.