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518. Justinus I. 527. Justinian The Monophysites separated from the
Melkites, or “Royalists,” and chose their own patriarch; they were afterwards called Copts, bü1.* In this reign Narses was sent to Philæ to put an end to the pagan rites and worship which were celebrated there. He imprisoned the priests, and carried off the statues of the gods from
the temple of Philæ to Constantinople. 565. Justinus II. 569 (or 570, or 571). Birth of Muḥammad, the
Prophet. 578. Tiberius II. 582, Mauricius. 602. Phocas. 610. Heraclius. The Persians under Chosroes took
Egypt, and held the country for ten years; they were expelled by Heraclius A.D. 629. In 639 the Arabs captured Pelusium, and marched against Heliopolis and defeated the Romans there; they then occupied the country south of Memphis and besieged the fortress of Babylon. This fortress was built by Turbo in 116, and was captured by 'Amr ibn al-'Âși in 640.
MUHAMMADANS. 622. With this year the Muḥammadans begin the Era of
the Hijra, i.e., the “Era of the Flight.”
* The name given to the native Christians of Egypt by the Arabs, from KYNT&IOC for AyÚTTIOS.
The “Flight” referred to is that of Muḥammad the Prophet, who fled from Mecca to Madîna to escape from the cabals which were made against him in that city. He left Mecca on the fourth day of the month Rabi al-Awwal, and arrived at Madîna eight days later. The fourth day of Rabi al-Awwal is, according to Caussin de Perceval, the true equivalent of June 19-20, the Muḥammadans beginning their day at sunset; Muḥammadans, however, prefer to declare that the Flight took place on Friday, July 16th,
1822. The years of the Hijra are Lunar years, each of which has nearly 11 days less than the solar year. The Hijra’s course is divided into cycles of 30 years, of which 19 are common years, each one being composed of 354 days, and ii are intercalary years, which have 355 days each. The ist, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and with months of the Lunar year have each 30 days, and the other six months of the year have 29 days each, except in an intercalary year, when the twelfth month has a thirtieth day. The eleven intercalary years are the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 26th, and 29th of each cycle of 30 years. The average length of a year is taken at 35430 days, the twelfth part of which is 29187, thus approaching nearly to the true lunation, there being (as is asserted) a difference of but 3 seconds of time, which will not amount to a day in less than 2,260 years. The months of this era, like ours, consist of weeks, each day of which begins in the evening after sunset, and is termed by the Catholic Church ferial ; thus our Sunday is the first feria of the Muḥammadan week, and our Saturday the seventh feria,
632. The Khalifa Abû Bakr. The death of
Muḥammad the Prophet took place on 8th
June, A.D. 632. 634. The Khalifa 'Omar. 640. 'Amr ibn al-Âși conquers Egypt. 'Amr began his
expedition against Egypt with about 4,000 men,
open the old canal which ran from Belbês through 640. the Wâdi Ţâmîlât to the Bitter Lakes, and thence
to the Red Sea ; by this means it was possible to convey corn which had been loaded into ships at Memphis from that city into Yenbô, the port of Madîna in Arabia, without transhipment. This canal was in use for about eighty years, when it became silted up. After the second siege of Alexandria (A.D. 664) the Arabs made Fusțâț the capital of Egypt. Mr. Butler has proved that AlMuķawķis is no other than Cyrus, who was appointed Patriarch and Governor of Alexandria by Heraclius after the recovery of Egypt from the
Persians. 644. 'Othmân. The governor of Egypt was 'Abd-Allâh
ibn Sa'ad. 656. 'Ali.
1. 'UMMAYYAD KHALIFAS
Who lived at Al-Fusțâț.
was put to death in Egypt,
II. THE 'ABBÂSID KHALIFAS
(Who lived at Hamra al-ķușwâ near al-Fusțâț). 750. As-Saffâh. 754. Al-Manşûr. 775. Al-Mahdi. 785. Al-Hadi. 786. Hârûn ar-Rashid. 809. Al-Amin. 813. Al-Ma'mûn. He visited Egypt and opened the
Great Pyramid. 833. Al-Mu'taşim. 842. Al-Wathik. 847. Al-Mutawakkil. 861. Al-Muntaşir. 862. Al-Mustaʻin. 866. Al-Mu'tazz.
III. TULÙNID KHALIFAS. (This Dynasty lasted 37 years and 4 months.) 868. Aḥmad ibn Tûlûn was born in 835, and came to
Egypt in 868; he died in 884. He was a man of considerable learning, and was renowned for his knowledge of Arabic grammar and literature; his power of work was great, and he was just as well as generous. He arrived in Egypt a poor man, and when he died he left behind him a sum of money equal to £2,500,000, and yet he never increased the taxes on the people. He crushed three rebellions in Egypt, conquered Mesopotamia, and made Egypt