Jabal al-Ṭārif

Coordinates: 26°07′43″N 32°12′58″E / 26.1286°N 32.21599°E / 26.1286; 32.21599

Jabal al-Ṭārif is an archaeological site in the cliffs along the Nile, located in Egypt's Qena Governorate (before 2013 in the Red Sea Governorate), about 5 km north of Nag Hammadi, and about the same distance west of Hamrah Dawm.

It is the location where the Nag Hammadi library writings were found in 1945 by tribesmen known as Mohammed Ali and Abu al-Maid (sons of Ali Khalifa), belonging to a clan named al-Samman.[1][2]

It is also the site of caves containing ancient Egyptian tombs.[3]

The site was occupied by hermits and traces of them are still observed there. [4]

It has been painted by Jacques Majorelle in April 1914.[5]


  1. ^ ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu website (CISOSORT) image 1 & image 25 information [Retrieved 2011-10-24] Sakil Ahmad et al [R. Khanam (editor)] books.google.co.uk Encyclopaedic ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia: A-I, Volume 1 ISBN 81-8220-062-8 [Retrieved 2011-12-16] Egypt. Maṣlaḥat al-Āthār books.google.co.uk The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Volume 15 (133 pages) BRILL, 1984 ISBN 9004073086[Retrieved 2011-12-16] James McConkey Robinson, Richard Smith books.google.co.uk The Nag Hammadi library in English BRILL, 1996 ISBN 9004088563[Retrieved 2011-12-16] ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu website (CISOPTR1063)
  2. ^ Pagels, Elaine. "The Nag Hammadi Library" (PDF).
  3. ^ Claremont University Consortium : ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu website (CISOBOX1) (see : image descriptions 11,13, & 14 - 26 ) [Retrieved 2011-10-29](Google search - google.co.uk > ( ntikforever.com/Egypte/Biblios.../Biblio-H.htm antikforever.com ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu website ( CISOPTR ) photograph of ancient egyptian writing inscribed in to a cave Copyright © Claremont University Consortium [Retrieved 2011-12-14] ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu website (CISOSTART) images of ancient egyptian writing inscribed or painted on the cave walls or otherwise [images 11 to 30 these images show this description] [Retrieved 2011-12-14] boltonmuseums.org.uk [Retrieved 2011-12-14] from griffith.ox.ac.uk Stela(Thauti) [Retrieved 2011-12-14] from (CISOPTR329) [Retrieved 2011-12-14]
  4. ^ "Jabal Al-Tarif :: Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia". ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ https://www.millon.com/lot/100134/11114801

External links[edit]

  • Claremont University Consortium ccdl.libraries ( CISOROOT ) photograph [Retrieved 2011-10-27] (shows a photographic still (montone) taken from height, of the area of the place)
  • flashearth.com interactive global mapping site (NASA satellite imaging ) [Retrieved 2011-10-27] (online map (colour)