|Nome = Salamiyya
La città è un importante centro dell'attività dei [[Nizariti]] [[Ismailismo|ismailiti]] e il luogo di nascita del poeta [[Muhammad al-Maghut]]. La popolazione - in base al [[censimento]] del 2004 - era di 66.724 persone.<ref>[http://www.cbssyr.org/new%20web%20site/General_census/census_2004/NH/TAB05-10-2004.htm Salamyah city population]</ref>
Salamiyah is an ancient city which was first known during [[Babylonian]] times in 3500 BC. It was the dwelled in by [[Sumerians]] at around 3000 BC, the [[Amorites]] around 2400 BC, the [[Aramaeans]] around 1500 BC, and the [[Nabateans]] around 500 BC. The city was destroyed for the first time by the [[Assyria]]ns in the year 720 BC. After being rebuilt, the city was part of the [[Roman Empire]] and ruled by the [[Royal family of Emesa]], a Roman Client Kingdom of Ancient Rome where they built the famous [[Chmemis Castle]] on the remains of a former volcano, 5 km northwest of Salamiyah.
During the [[Byzantine]] Empire, Salamiyah existed as a Christian center with its own autocephalic Archbishop, until the city was destroyed for a second time during the [[Persia]]n invasion of Syria of 637 during the [[Byzantine-Sassanid Wars]] by commander Kisra Ibrawiz who raised the city to the ground. The city was rebuilt again in the Islamic era by Abdullah ibn Saleh ibn Ali al-Abassi, the [[Abbasid]] governor of southern and center Syria, in 754 and was settled by some Hashimites during the [[Abbasid]] era, and al-Abbasi's son Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Saleh transformed the city into an important commercial center.<ref>See [[Ya'qubi]], quoted in le Strange, 1890, p. [http://archive.org/stream/palestineundermo00lestuoft#page/528/mode/1up 528]</ref>
According to [[Ismaili]] [[Muslims]], their [[Imam]], [[Isma'il ibn Jafar]] died and was buried in the city after going into hiding during the eighth century. The city became the secret headquarters of the [[Ismaili]] movement from the early ninth century until 902, it was from there that missionaries were originally sent for propagating the Ismaili teachings in different regions. It was from Salamiyah, that the Ismaili Imams secretly guided the activities of their followers from North Africa to Persia, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia. According to conflicting histories, the Ismaili Imam, and first Fatamid Caliph, Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi Billah was either born in Salamiyah or came to the city in 882 from Khuzistan, in modern day Iran where he was raised by his uncle Abul Shalaghlagh the Hujjah (also called Lahiq) or clerical leader of the Ismailis of Salamiyah one of the twelve Ismaili communities at the time. Ubayd Allah's son Muhammad al-Qaim Bi-Amrillah, an Ismaili Imam and the second Fatamid Caliph, was born in Salamiyah in the late ninth century, and both left the city to establish the Fatamid state in northern Africa in the early tenth century.
After the death of Abul Shalaghlagh in 899, a dispute arose between Salamiyah Ismailis due to the fact that he left no male descendants and apparently had designated his nephew Ubayd Allah as his spiritual successor and leader of the Salamiyah Ismaili movement. Thereafter, a schism split the movement, provoked by Ubayd Allah's claims on the imamate for himself and his descendants. Hamdan Qarmat and 'Abdan, who may have previously drifted slightly away from the doctrine propagated by the leadership, broke off their support. Qarmat's followers would eventually be known as the [[Qarmatians]], and after Ubayd Allah fled from Salamiyah to found the Fatamid Ismaili state in North Africa in 899, the Qarmatis would reject the legitimacy of the Fatamids. In 903, Salamiyah was destroyed for the third time by an invasion from the rebel Qarmatian Ismailis.
Salamiyah is mentioned by historians as a very small town with limited rural settlement consequent to the Qarmatian invasion until the early [[Ottoman Empire|Ottoman]] period wherein it was apparently deserted due to lack of protection from Bedouin attacks. Salamiyah was rebuilt when permission by the Ottoman [[Sultan]] [[Abdul Hamid II]] through a firman in July 1849 gave permission for the emigration of Ismailis led by Ismail bin Muhammad, the Ismaili [[amir]] of [[Qadmus]] in northern Syria. Ismailis from Qadmus and [[Masyaf]] amongst other smaller towns and villages emigrated to the newly rebuilt city which was first occupied by only sixteen families and by 1861, Salamiyah became an agricultural village. The final major Ismaili immigration to Salamiyah occurred in 1919.
Salamiyah is currently the largest population center of Ismaili Muslims in the Arab world. The remains of Prince [[Aly Khan]], the father of the current Nizari Ismaili Imam [[Aga Khan IV]], are buried in the city. The headquarters of the Ismaili Shia Higher Council of Syria are in the city, as are dozens of [[Jama'at Khana]]. During the mid-twentieth century, Salamiyah saw a growth of religious diversity with the building of the first Sunni mosque, and now the city is home to almost a dozen Sunni mosques and a [[Ja'fari jurisprudence|Ja'fari]] [[Shia]] mosque in the city's Qadmusite Quarter which is home to most of the city's [[Ithna Ashari]] Shia which migrated to the city after ethnic and religious clashes in their hometown of [[Qadmus]] in the early twentieth century. Currently, a little more than half of the city's residents are Ismaili.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16108755 Syria's diverse minorities], ''[[BBC]]'', 9 December 2011</ref>
In 1934, [[Muhammad al-Maghut]], the poet credit for being the father of free verse Arab poetry, was born in Salamiyah.
In 1991, visitors from the [[Dawoodi Bohra]] sect of Ismaili Shia Islam in Yemen built the Mosque of Imam Ismail adjacent to the grave of the Ismaili Imam Ismail. The mosque was built by order of their leader the [[Da'i al-Mutlaq]] [[Mohammed Burhanuddin]] according to an inscription on the mosque's wall. Although currently used for worship by Sunni Muslims, the mosque and mausoleum are visited in religious pilgrimages by Dawoodi Bohra worldwide.
== Residence at Salamia, Syria ==
As per Ismaili.net <ref>http://www.ismaili.net/histoire/history04/history419.html
Wafi Ahmad in Salamia</ref> residence history of Salamia is as follows:
[[File:imam Salamia.JPG|thumb|left|"kabra mubarak"Imam Abadullah,Salamia]]
[[File:Tunnel imam salamia.JPG|thumb|left|Tunnel imam salamia]]
[[File:Mosque Imam Abadullah,Salamia,Syria.JPG|thumb|left|Mosque Imam Abadullah,Salamia,Syria,renovated by Dawoodi Bohra]]
"The Ismaili dais in search of a new residence for their Imam came to Salamia and inspected the town and approached the owner, Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Saleh, who had transformed the town into a flourishing commercial centre. They told him that there was a Hashimite merchant from Basra who was desirous of settling in the town. He readily accepted and pointed out to them a site along the main street in the market, where existed a house belonging to a certain Abu Farha. The Ismaili dais bought it for their Imam and informed him about it. Wafi Ahmad arrived to his new residence as an ordinary merchant. He soon pulled down the old building and had new ones built in its place; and also built a new wall around it. He also built a tunnel inside his house, leading to the desert, whose length was about 12 miles. Money and treasures were carried on camels to the door of that tunnel at night. The door opened and the camels entered with their loads inside the house."
Photo placed here shows the mousoleum of the Imam. Near his ''kabra mubarak'' ("blessed grave"), the tunnel opening still exists.
The city is an agricultural center, with a largely agriculture based economy. [[Mate (beverage)|Mate]] is extremely popular in Salamiyah and a drink of major cultural importance in social gatherings.
*A [[Turkish bath|hammam]] of unique architecture, likely dating from the Ayyubid era, sits in the town center, near a large underground Byzantine cistern which is said to lead all the way to Shmemis castle. There also exists one wall from an ancient Byzantine citadel.
*The castle, of Roman-Greek origins.
*Walls, rebuilt by [[Zengi]]
*Mosque of al-Imam Ismail, which originated as a Greek temple of Zeus, and was turned into a church in Byzantine times.
*Remains of Roman canals, used for agriculture