Manqabad also spelled Mankabad (Arabic: منقباد‎) is a town in Upper Egypt, near the city of Asyut. A military station was located in the town which was referred to as "beyond civilization", being the last vestige of the Nile River Valley before the southern desert. In the 1940s, the station had 3000 officers and soldiers, including a number of whom like Gamal Abdel Nasser, Khaled Mohieddin and Anwar Sadat who would become members of the Free Officers Movement.[1] In 1965, an ancient Coptic site was accidentally found at Manqabad and major excavations were undertaken there in 1976, 1984, and 1995. Several churches and chapels dating from the 7th to 8th centuries were excavated.[2] Manqabad is also the town of origin of the Manqabadi (sometimes spelled "Mankabady" or "Mankbadi") family, which was formerly one of the oldest Upper Egyptian nobilities.


  1. ^ Du Bois 1972, pp. 51–52
  2. ^ Immerzeel 2004, p. 1070


  • Du Bois, Shirley Graham (1972), Gamal Abdel Nasser, son of the Nile: a biography, The Third Press, ISBN 978-0-87395-080-0
  • Immerzeel, Mat (2004), Coptic studies on the threshold of a new millennium: proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Coptic Studies, Peeters Publishers, ISBN 90-429-1409-2

Coordinates: 27°12′N 31°06′E / 27.200°N 31.100°E / 27.200; 31.100