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( Edfu ), provincial capital in Upper Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile, the ancient Apollinopolis Magna of Greek times, the Arabic name of which is a transcription of the Coptic name, Atbō.

At the beginning of the Muslim administration the town was incorporated in the kūra of Aswān. It was on the caravan route from Cairo to the south, but Ibn Baṭṭūṭa is the only medieval traveller who refers to it, as being a day and a night’s journey south of Armant. The temple of Adfū is merely mentioned by al-Dimas̲h̲ḳī, but without any description, fo…

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Wiet, G., “Adfū”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0299>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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