- For SIPRI, see Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
|Elevation||348 m (1,142 ft)|
|Population (2007 est.)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
As-Safira (Arabic: السفيرة / ALA-LC: as-Safīrah; North Syrian Arabic: Sfīre) is a Syrian city administratively belonging to the Aleppo Governorate. It is the administrative center for the as-Safira District. As Safīrah has an altitude of 348 meters (1,142 ft), and a population of 106,382 as of 2007[update], making it the 11th largest city per geographical entity in Syria.
As-Safira was known in pre-Islamic times as Sipri. Historians have suggested that the name Sipri may have come from the Akkadian word siparru meaning "bronze", which might indicate that copper was mined and bronze was worked there.
Since ancient times the city has been the distribution point for salt gathered from the nearby Sabkhat al-Jabbul.
- Ball, Warwick (2006) "The desert edges" Syria: A Historical And Architectural Guide Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, Massachusetts, page 157, ISBN 1-56656-665-7
- le Strange, 1890, p. 400
- 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
- le Strange, Guy (1890). Palestine Under the Moslems: A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from A.D. 650 to 1500. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Traditional dwellings in as-Safira "Traditional Architecture in Syria: a Mediterranean Dwelling", European Commission Meda-euromed Heritage, page 14, left-hand photo, and page 16, top right-hand photos.