Bureij, Syria

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This article is about the Syrian village in Homs Governorate. For the Palestinian refugee camp, see Bureij.
Bureij in 1936
Bureij in 1936
Bureij is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°15′30″N 36°46′16″E / 34.25833°N 36.77111°E / 34.25833; 36.77111
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
District Homs
Subdistrict Hisyah
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,246

Bureij (Arabic: البريج‎‎, also spelled Burayj) is a village in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate, south of Homs. Nearby localities include Hisyah to the north, Sadad to the northeast and Qarah to the south. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Bureij had a population of 2,246 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

In the 19th-century, during Ottoman Empire rule, Bureij was a small fortified village with a khan ("caravansary"). While its residents were relatively protected from Bedouin raids because of the village's high walls, their livestock was often plundered.[3] The name "Bureij" is the Arabic term for "little tower."[4]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 173.
  3. ^ Porter, 1858 p. 550.
  4. ^ Baedeker, 1876, p. 556.