Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

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

Location of Al-Qahtaniyah in Syria

Coordinates: SY 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917Coordinates: SY 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917
Country  Syria
Governorate al-Hasakah
District al-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 Al-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


  1. 1 2 "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.
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