DAYR AL-‘ADHRA’ (Asyut). Maps mention a Dayr al-‘Adhra’ (Monastery of the Virgin) at Bani Ridah in the outskirts northeast of Abnub (right bank, to the north of Asyut).
ABU SALIH does not speak of it. Al-MAQRIZI (1853, Vol. 2, p. 517) indicates only a "church of Mary in the district of al- Khusus." Vansleb (1677, p. 361; 1678, p. 217) gave an account of the Monastery of the Holy Virgin at Abnub.
Today this is a completely modern church in the middle of a Christian quarter (Meinardus, 1965, pp. 279-80; 1977, p. 388).
MAURICE MARTIN, S.J.
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