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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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From Benʼee Sooweyʼf to El-Minʼyeh.

From Benʼee Sooweyʼf to El-Minʼyeh.

(p.246) Chapter XX. From Benʼee Sooweyʼf to El-Minʼyeh.
Description of Egypt

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter describes the author's journey from Ben'ee Soowey'f to El-Min'yeh. It gives a detailed account of the environs of Ben'ee Soowey'f. It also talks about the ruins of an ancient town, now called Medee'net Gahl, on the western bank, close to the river Nile. “Medee'net Gahl” may be interpreted as “the city of Ignorance”: so this ruined town was called by the inhabitants of the nearest village: the name of “Modo,” which Hamilton says was given to it by the people of the neighbourhood. This chapter also describes the high cliffs of Geb'el et-Teyr upon the summit of which is a Coptic convent, called Deyr el-' Ad'ra (or the Convent of the Virgin), and Deyr el-Bek'arah (or the Convent of the Pulley).

Keywords:   Ben'ee Soowey'f, El-Min'yeh, Medee'net Gahl, Modo, Deyr el-' Ad'ra, Deyr el-Bek'arah

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