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Al-Kafat is located in Syria
Location in Syria
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Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Salamiyah
Subdistrict Salamiyah
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,893
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
City Qrya Pcode C3258

Al-Kafat (Arabic: الكافات‎‎) is a Syrian village located in the al-Salamiyah Nahiyah of the al-Salamiyah District of the Hama Governorate. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Kafat had a population of 1,893 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Ismailis.[2]

Al-Kafat was founded in 1870 by Ismaili peasants from Akkar in modern-day northern Lebanon. They initially began farming in the area surrounding al-Kafat, but mostly lived in nearby al-Salamiyah, the center of Ismaili life in Syria. The Akkari Ismailis of al-Salamiyah were forced off of their land in the mid-19th century on the orders of the Ismaili emir (prince) of the city, who gave the land confiscated from them to his relatives. Part of the Akkaris returned to Akkar, while others went on to eventually establish al-Kafat, which became a prosperous suburb of al-Salamiyah.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Douwes, Dick (2010), "Modern History of the Nizari Ismailis of Syria", in Farhad Daftary (ed.), A Modern History of the Ismailis: Continuity and Change in a Muslim Community, I. B. Tauris, ISBN 9780857735263<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>