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Al-Safira
السفيرة
Sfireh, Sipri[1]
Al-Safira is located in Syria
Al-Safira
Al-Safira
Location in Sirie
Coordinates: 36°04′N 37°22′E / 36.067°N 37.367°E / 36.067; 37.367
Kintra Banner o Sirie Sirie
Govrenorate Aleppo Govrenorate
Destrict Al-Safira Destrict
Elevation 348 m (1,142 ft)
Population (2007 est.)
 • Total 106,382
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Al-Safira (Arabic: السفيرة‎ / ALA-LC: as-Safīrah; North Sirie Arabic: Sfīre) is a Sirie ceety admeenistratively belangin tae the Aleppo Govrenorate. It is the admeenistrative center for the Al-Safira Destrict. As Safīrah haes an altitude o 348 meters (1,142 ft), an a population o 106,382 as o 2007, makkin it the 11t lairgest ceety per geographical entity in Sirie.

Name[eedit | eedit soorce]

Medieval geografer Yaqut al-Hamawi spells the name Asfīrah[2] (أسفيرة), not as-Safira (السفيرة), which indicates that the definite airticle in the modren spellin is a result o hypercorrection.

As-Safira wis kent in pre-Islamic times as Sipri.[1] Historians[3] hae suggestit that the name Sipri mey hae come frae the Akkadian wird siparru meanin "bronze", which micht indicate that copper wis mined an bronze wis wirkit thare.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Syne auncient times the ceety haes been the distribution point for salt gathered frae the nearbi Sabkhat al-Jabbul.

Aircheological fyndins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Sefire steles

The Sfire I Treaty which mey contain 8t century BCE evidence o a deity cried "Maist Heich."

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ball, Warwick (2006) "The desert edges" Syria: A Historical And Architectural Guide Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, Massachusetts, page 157, ISBN 1-56656-665-7
  2. le Strange, 1890, p. 400
  3. Notably Dossin and Lewy, see Sasson, Jack M. (1966) "A Sketch of North Syrian Economic Relations in the Middle Bronze Age" Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 9(3): pp. 161–181, page 169, note 2

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