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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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Waʼdee es-Soobooʼă, Hhassaʼyeh, and Ed-Dirʼr.

Waʼdee es-Soobooʼă, Hhassaʼyeh, and Ed-Dirʼr.

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(p.483) Chapter XXXVI. Waʼdee es-Soobooʼă, Hhassaʼyeh, and Ed-Dirʼr.
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Description of Egypt
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0037

This chapter discusses in detail the districts inhabited by Arabs. It talks about the temple of Wa'dee es-Sooboo'. Wa'dee es-Sooboo' derives its name, which signifies “the Valley of the Lions,” from two rows of sphinxes which form an avenue to a large temple here situated. On the north-eastern side of the river, at a spot called Hhassa'yeh, or (according to some travellers) Am'ada, is a very ancient and interesting temple, situated in the desert, on a slightly-elevated stratum of rock, very near the bank. This chapter describes the town and rocktemple of Ed-Dir'r, the capital of the country. This name has been supposed to be a corruption of “Ed-Deyr,” or “the Convent.” The town consists of low huts, built of rough fragments of stone, and mud; not connected, one with another, so as to form streets, but scattered among the palm-trees which line the shore.

Keywords:   Wa'dee es-Sooboo', sphinxes, Hhassa'yeh, Am'ada, Ed-Dir'r

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