Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(Ūdfū, Ūtfū), a town on the west bank of the Nile, the Apollonopolis Magna of the Greeks and Romans, about halfway between Thebes and Assuan, the capital of the district of Edfu in the province of Nubia. The name goes back to the Egyptian Tbōt, Coptic Atbō. The place is chiefly celebrated for its temple of Horus built in the Ptolemaic period but this, which in course of time became buried in ruins, is rarely mentioned in Muhammadan literature. An archaeological note is given by Maḳrīzī, who says that in the viiith century a female figure of stone was dug up there; she was represented…

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Graefe, E., “Edfu”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2188>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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