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Tall ad Dirrah
تل الدرة
Tall Derah, Tell Dera, Tell ad-Dura
Tall ad Dirrah is located in Syria
Tall ad Dirrah
Tall ad Dirrah
Location in Syria
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Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Salamiyah
Subdistrict Salamiyah
Population (2004)
 • Total 5,986
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
City Qrya Pcode C3224

Tall ad Dirrah (Arabic: تل الدرة‎‎, also spelled Tell Dirrah, Tall Derah, Talldarra or Tell ad-Dura) is a Syrian village in the al-Salamiyah Subdistrict in al-Salamiyah District, located southeast of Hama. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Taldara had a population of 5,986 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Ismailis.[2]


Tall ad Dirrah was initially founded in 1836 when it was acquired by Muhammad Khurfan Bey, a chief of the Mawali tribe in the Hama region. Prior to that, the village had been vacated. Like other places in the al-Salamiyah area that the Ottoman authorities encouraged to be repopulated, the settlers of Taldara came from the Mawali, Nu'aym and Uqaydat tribes.[3] However, just two years later, Taldara and all of the other villages of al-Salamiyah were reported to have been deserted.[4]

Tall ad Dirrah was re-established 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.[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>
  3. Douwes, Dick (2000), Ottomans in Syria: A History of Justice and Oppression, I.B.Tauris, p. 208, ISBN 9780857715418<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Smith, Eli; Robinson, Edward (1841), Biblical Researches in Palestine, Mount Sinai and Arabia Petraea: A Journal of Travels in the Year 1838, 3, Crocker and Brewster, p. 177<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>