Shamsin

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Shamsin
شمسين
Shemsin
Shamsin is located in Syria
Shamsin
Shamsin
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°32′29″N 36°44′26″E / 34.54139°N 36.74056°E / 34.54139; 36.74056
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
District Homs
Subdistrict Hisyah
Population (2004)
 • Total 811
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Shamsin (Arabic: شمسينShamsîn also spelled Shemsin, Shamsinn or Shimsan) is a village in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate, located south of Homs. Nearby localities include al-Qusayr to the west, Damina al-Sharqiya to the northwest, Shinshar to the north, Daghdaghan to the southeast and Hisyah to the south. According to the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Shamsin had a population of 811 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

History[edit]

In 1226, during Ayyubid rule, Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi visited Shamsin, noting it was "a place between Hims (Homs) and Kara."[3] Under the Ayyubids and later the Mamluks who gained power in 1250, Shamsin was part of Mamlakat Hims ("Kingdom of Homs"), the smallest district in both sultanates.[4]

In the mid-19th-century, Shamsin was described as "a small place" by German traveler Albert Socin.[5] During this period, the village was walled and referred to as the site of an old khan (caravanserai). It was populated by a few families, while the surrounding areas were dominated by the nomadic `Anizzah tribe.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 173.
  3. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 535.
  4. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 42.
  5. ^ Baedeker, 1876, p. 556.
  6. ^ Draper, 1854, p. 681.

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