Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

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This article is about the town in al-Hasakah Governorate in Syria. For other towns with the same name, see Al-Qahtaniyah.
Tirbespî • ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ
Al-Qahtaniyah is located in Syria
Location of Al-Qahtaniyah in Syria
Coordinates: 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917Coordinates: 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917
Country  Syria
Governorate al-Hasakah
District Qamishli
Subdistrict al-Qahtaniyah
Elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
Population (2004)[1] 16,946
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Geocode C4751

Al-Qahtaniyah (Arabic: القحطانية‎‎; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ‎, translit. Qabre Khworeh; Kurdish: Tirbespî‎), formerly Qubour al-Bid, is a town in northeastern Al-Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria. It is the administrative center of Nahiya al-Qahtaniyah, which consists of 103 localities. Historically an Assyrian city, at the 2004 census, it had a population of 16,946.[1] As a preliminary result of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, Al-Qahtaniyah today is situated in Jazira Canton within the autonomous Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava framework.


The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Arabic and Syriac-Aramaic words "Qubour/Qabre", both meaning "graves", and "al-Bid/Khworeh", both meaning "white". The name of the town therefore means "White graves". Al-Qahtaniyah's current name was adopted in 1962 as a more optimistic name than its old name.


On 13 March 2004, during the 2004 Qamishli riots where 40 Kurds were killed, the population of Al-Qahtaniyah protested at the funerals of the killed. Protesters were shot at and injured in the town.[2]

As of 2004, Al-Qahtaniyah is the sixth largest town in Al-Hasakah governorate.

In late July 2012, during the Syrian Civil War, the YPG took control over the town.[3]


In 2004 the population was 16,946.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2004 Census Data for Nahiya al-Qahtaniyah" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015.  Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven Syrian Arab Republic". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tyrkisk avis: Kurdistan nr. 2 bliver dannet". Jiyan (in Danish). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.