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Akakir is located in Syria
Location in Syria
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Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Masyaf
Subdistrict Awj
Elevation 759 m (2,489 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,495
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Akakir (Arabic: عكاكير‎‎, also spelled Akakeer) is a village in northwestern Syria, administratively part of the Hama Governorate, located southwest of Hama. Nearby localities include Kafr Ram to the west, Fahel to the south, al-Shinyah to the southeast, al-Taybah al-Gharbiyah to the east, Maryamin to the northeast and Kafr Kamrah and Awj to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Akakir had a population of 2,495 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Alawites.[2]

In 1829, during the late Ottoman era, Akakir was part of Jabal Gharbi, a fiscal region inhabited by members of the Alawite community,[3] and paid 1,812 qirsh to satisfy the takalif, a tax meant to cover the expenses of the annual hajj ("pilgrimage") to Mecca. This was a decrease from 1818 when the village paid 2,312 qirsh.[4] It was classified as an Alawite village in 1838 by English scholar Eli Smith.[2] In 1929 Akakir was one of five villages (the other three were al-Bayyadiyah, al-Rusafa, Abu Qubays and Baarin) to be ceded to the Alawite State from the qadaa ("subdistrict") of Masyaf of the Sanjak of Hama.[5]


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Hama Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smith, 1841, p. 180.
  3. Douwes, 2000, p. 142.
  4. Douwes, 2000, p. 229.
  5. Bosworth, 1989, p. 791.