al-Mahallah al-Kubra

Samannud

SAMANNUD A city in the middle of the Egyptian Delta some 5 miles (8 km) east of al-Mahallah al-Kubra in the Gharbiyyah province. Greek documents give the name of the city as Sebennytos and in Coptic it was known as jemnou] (Djemnouti). Sebennytos/Samannud has a very old Christian tradition. ATHANASIUS I reported that the city …

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Al-Banawan

AL-BANAWAN A town located in the province of Gharbiyyah in the Egyptian Delta, some 9 miles (14 km) northwest of al-Mahallah al-Kubra. The SYNAXARION for 25 Abib tells the story of the martyr Apa Krajon who hailed from al-Banawan. A church was built for him in his hometown after his death. On the basis of …

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Mahallah Al-Kubra, Al

AL-MAHALLAH AL-KUBRA 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 …

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Mahallat Abu ‘Ali

MAHALLAT ABU ‘ALI A town mentioned in the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS as the home of a dumb, lame man who was brought to Saint Bessus in DAYR YUHANNIS KAMA where he was healed. This account, which indicates that Mahallat Abu ‘Ali had a Christian community in the latter half of the eleventh century, does …

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Al-Mansurah

AL-MANSURAH A city located in the Egyptian Delta about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of al-Mahallah al-Kubra in the Daqahliyyah province. Al-Malik al-Kamil founded al-Mansurah in 1218/1219 when he was fighting the Crusaders in Dumyat (Maspero and Wiet, 1919, p. 198). Though Christianity is not attested in the city until the seventeenth century, al-Mansurah takes …

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Dinushar

DINUSHAR A town located in the middle of the Delta about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) southwest of al-Mahallah al-Kubra in the Gharbiyyah province. The HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS speaks in two different places about the building of a church to the martyr Ptolemaus in Dinushar. The account of the life of the patriarch COSMAS II …

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