Abu Tesht

Abu Tesht (Arabic: أبو تشت; Coptic: Ⲡϫⲟϫ) is a town and Markaz north of Qena governorate (province).

in hieroglyphs


It is considered one of the oldest inhabited areas in Egypt as it includes the Naqada area which contain remains of prehistoric civilizations as Naqada culture. It is identified with the Ancient Egyptian city of Per-Djodj, although Daressy identifies the nearby town of Abu Shûsha as the actual Per-Djodj.[1]

Further demographical information

  • Considered to be amongst the highest populated area in Qena.
  • Has the highest measured rate of seasonal employment in Qena.
  • Illiteracy rates are valued as high.[2]

Civil unrest

There are reports of civil disorder within the city that had occurred between Muslim persons estimated at 1000 and Coptic Christians who were attacked on November 17, 2010.[3][4] Further hostilities contra-religieux are evidenced by the church of St Anthony in the nearby town of Abu Shûsha, having been set alight and the building kept from being rebuilt by Muslim objectors.[5]

See also


  1. Gardiner, Alan H. (1933). "The Dakhleh Stela". The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. Sage Publications, Ltd. 19: 24. doi:10.1177/030751333301900104.
  2. Copyright 2011 The Egypt Program Support Unit is a Canadian International Development Agency Project All Rights Reserved Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine retrieved 21/09/2011
  3. pakistanchristianpost:report (November 17th 2010 of November 15th 2010 retrieved 21/09/2011)
  4. pakistanchristianpost homepage retrieved 21/09/2011
  5. video-St.Antonios,Abu Tesht retrieved 21/09/2011
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