AWSIM A town located about 7.5 miles (12 km) northwest of Cairo in the Giza province. Ancient Egyptians knew the town as Khem. In Greek it was called Letopolis and in Coptic it was known as bous/m (Boushem). The town has a long Christian tradition. The martyr Phoibammon (see MARTYRS, COPTIC), who was killed in …

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Dayr Abu Sarabam

DAYR ABU SARABAM (near Minya) The most explicit of the ancient authors regarding this monastery is without doubt al- MAQRIZI (1853, Vol. 2, p. 518), for he described “in the district of Dayrut a church near the town, as well as a monastery named after the monk Serapion, who lived in the time of Shenute …

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Dayr Abirun

DAYR ABIRUN On the testimony of ABU SALIH THE ARMENIAN, who is the only one to mention it (fol. 92; 1895, p. 257), a monastery in the district of Busir Quridus (an abbreviation of Dioscurides), today called Busir al-Malaq, on the left bank of the Nile, at the same latitude as DAYR AL-MAYMUN. The name …

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