Sa'n al-Shajara

Location in Syria

Coordinates: 35°15′51″N 37°22′21″E / 35.26417°N 37.37250°E / 35.26417; 37.37250Coordinates: 35°15′51″N 37°22′21″E / 35.26417°N 37.37250°E / 35.26417; 37.37250
Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Salamiyah
Subdistrict Sa'an
Population (2004)
  Total 3,360
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
City Qrya Pcode C3275

Al-Sa'an (Arabic: السعن, also spelled as-Si'in and also known as Sa'n al-Shajara) is a Syrian town located in the al-Sa'an Subdistrict in al-Salamiyah District, located in the Syrian Desert, 50 kilometers northeast of al-Salamiyah[1] and northeast of Hama. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Sa'an had a population of 3,360 in the 2004 census.[2] Its inhabitants are predominantly Ismailis.[1]

Al-Sa'an was founded in the late 19th century by Ismaili migrants from other parts of northern Syria who chose to settle the place because of worsening economic conditions in the interior parts of Syria, the low taxes that living in the Syrian Desert fringes offered, and the place's proximity to al-Salamiyah, the center of Ismaili life in Syria. During the Ottoman era, when it was founded, it became the remotest Ismaili village in Syria. At the time, it contained a military post manned by Ottoman troops.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Douwes, Dick (2010), "Modern History of the Nizari Ismailis of Syria", in Farhad Daftary, A Modern History of the Ismailis: Continuity and Change in a Muslim Community, I. B. Tauris, ISBN 9780857735263
  2. "General Census of Population 2004.". Retrieved 2014-07-10.
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