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Al-Asali is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°27′59″N 36°17′9″E / 33.46639°N 36.28583°E / 33.46639; 36.28583Coordinates: 33°27′59″N 36°17′9″E / 33.46639°N 36.28583°E / 33.46639; 36.28583
Country  Syria Syria
Governorate Damascus Governorate
Subdistrict Damascus
Municipality Qadam
Population (2004)
 • Total 21,731

Al-Asali (Arabic: العسالي‎‎) is a neighborhood and district of the Qadam municipality in Damascus, Syria.[1][2] It had a population of 21,731 in the 2004 census.[3] The neighborhood was built around the small Maqam al-Asali shrine, named after Shaykh Ahmad al-Asali al-Khalwati, a local Muslim holy man.[4] The al-Asali shrine was a station in the annual Hajj pilgrim caravan, which came to an end in the early 20th century.[5] During the caravan procession, tents were set up around the shrine to host dignitaries and pilgrims before the caravan departed the city for Mecca.[5]


  1. ^ Khaled Yacoub Oweis (18 July 2012). "Battles break out near Syrian presidential palace". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Syrian Arab Republic Damascus Governorate Reference map" (PDF). ReliefWeb. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  3. ^ Damascus Governorate Population 2004 Census.
  4. ^ Munayyir, Muhammad Arif ibn Ahmad (1971). Landau, Jacob M., ed. The Hejaz Railway and the Muslim Pilgrimage: A Case of Ottoman Political Propaganda. Wayne State University Press. 
  5. ^ a b Peters, F. E. (1994). The Hajj: The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places. Princeton University Press. p. 272.