- Bani Ammar
Bani Ammar (Arabic: بني عمار) is a village located near
Tahta- Sohag; south-western between Banhau(Arabic: بنهو) and El-Sawamaa Gharb(Arabic: الصوامعه غرب) to the east and Enibis(Arabic: عنيبس) to west. The inhabitants are mainly working in traditional agricultural activities. Many of them have established other residences somewhere else, mainly in Cairo, Alexandriaetc. As majorities in Egypt, a great number of the children already joined the national educational system and have graduated in high schools and universities. The Religious Educationfinds -- as expected -- its roots in this village. It dates back two centuries and centered around Al-Azhar-mosque and university. It is also noticed that certain inhabitants immigrated abroad, manly to the Gulf Countries, Iraq, Libya, etc.
Bani Ammar's first mention is found in the distinguished book "Description of Egypt" (French:
Description de l'Égypte (1809)), which is a comprehensive scientific description of ancient and modern Egypt written by the French Scientists accompanying Napoleon's expedition to Egyptfrom 1798 to 1801. Bani Ammar must be there much earlier than the comprehensive expedition to Egypt.
National Dayof SohagGovernorate (10th April 1799) is to some extent related to the Historyof Bani Ammar, too. On this day the people around Juhaina(Arabic: جهينة) faced the French troupes, who invaded under the leadership of Napoleonthe whole region of Upper Egypttracing the Mamluki's (Arabic: مماليك). They have been stopped in Juhaina battle. The Juhainas are close relatives to Bani Ammars. Both people immigrated from Arabian Islandand even divided their new land accordingly.
Bani Ammars are Hashimitis rooted to the Arabia dynasty of
Hashim ibn Abd al-Manaf(Arabic: هاشم بن عبد مناف) . Concretely, the roots of the main family is originated to Ja`far bin Abī Tālib(Arabic:جعفر ابن أبي طالب).
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