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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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An Overview of Rock-cut Coptic Sites in Asyut

An Overview of Rock-cut Coptic Sites in Asyut

(p.309) 27 An Overview of Rock-cut Coptic Sites in Asyut
Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Ashraf Nageh

Mary Kupelian

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter provides an overview of some of the most remarkable rock-cut monasteries in Asyut. The Asyut plateau was a suitable area for monastic settlement as it is bordered on the east and the west with mountains flanking the agricultural land. Four sites were selected for this study: Dayr al-Muʻallaq or Dayr Mar Mina al-Agaybi (literally, the “Hanging Monastery”), Dayr Durunka, Dayr Rifa, and Dayr al-Ganadla. Dayr Mar Mina is located on the eastern side of the Nile, while the other three sites, namely Durunka, Rifa, and al-Ganadla, are located on the western side. The chapter sheds light on the importance of this type of monastery and church, examples of which are scattered along the Nile Valley in Asyut. They provide important evidence and comprise elements that are of equal significance to other monasteries throughout Egypt.

Keywords:   rock-cut monasteries, Asyut, monastic settlement, Dayr al-Muʻallaq, Dayr Mar Mina al-Agaybi, Dayr Durunka, Dayr Rifa, Dayr al-Ganadla, churches

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