Urmia - ܐܘܪܡܝܐ

Urmia (Urūmiyya, Rīzāya), a city in northwest Iran, west of Lake Urmia, is first mentioned in E.-Syr. sources in 1111, whereas the mentioning of bishops in Azerbaijan (Hoshaʿ of Ganzak in 486, Ḥenanishoʿ in 605), testify to earlier presence of the Ch. of E. in this region.1

Place Type: settlement


  • Coordinates :
    • Lat. 37.55° Long. 45.1°2

Brief Descriptions

  • 568. Urmia1


  • Attestation of name أُرْميَة in the Muʿjam al-buldān of Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī.

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  • 8 Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī, Muʿjam al-buldān (Beirut: Dār al-kutub al-ʿilmiyya, 1990), pp: I:190.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.


  • ܐܘܪܡܝܐ
  • Urmia2, 5, 6
  • ܐܘܪܡܺܝܐ3
  • أُرْميَة8
  • اورمية4
  • Rīzāya2
  • Ūrmī7
  • Urūmiyya2

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How to Cite This Entry

Thomas A. Carlson et al., “Urmia — ܐܘܪܡܝܐ ” in The Syriac Gazetteer last modified June 30, 2014, http://syriaca.org/place/206.


Thomas A. Carlson et al., “Urmia — ܐܘܪܡܝܐ .” In The Syriac Gazetteer, edited by Thomas A. Carlson and David A. Michelson. Syriaca.org, 2016-. Entry published June 30, 2014. http://syriaca.org/place/206.

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Entry Title: Urmia — ܐܘܪܡܝܐ

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