For other uses, see Sahwah.
Coordinates: 32°35′46″N 36°22′4″E / 32.59611°N 36.36778°E / 32.59611; 36.36778
Country  Syria
Governorate Daraa
District Daraa
Subdistrict Al-Musayfirah
Population (2004)[1]
  Total 3,950
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Sahwah (Arabic: السهوة, also spelled el-Sahoa or Sahweh; also known as Sahwat al-Qamh or Sehwet el-Kamh) is a village in southern Syria, administratively part of the Daraa Governorate, located east of Daraa. Nearby localities include al-Jiza to the southwest, Ghasm to the south, Maaraba, Daraa to the southeast, Umm Walad to the northeast, al-Musayfirah to the north and Kahil to the west. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Sahwah had a population of 3,950 in the 2004 census, making it the least populous locality in the al-Musayfirah nahiyah ("subdistrict").[1]


In 1596 Al-Sahwah appeared in the Ottoman tax registers under the name of Sahut al-Qamh, as being part of the nahiya of Butayna in the Qada of Hauran. It had an entirely Muslim population consisting of 9 households and 4 bachelors. Taxes were paid on wheat, barley, summer crops, goats and/or beehives.[2]

There are ruins of an ancient tower and a church in al-Sahwah. Although the buildings are of some significance, they do not differ much from the ancient Roman and Byzantine architecture found throughout the Hauran. The village did not have any Christian residents in the 19th-century.[3]

In 1838 the village was classified as a khirba ("abandoned village") by English biblical scholar Eli Smith.[4] In the late 19th-century al-Sahwah had a population of about 350 people living in about 70 households. The village was vulnerable to incursions by Druze raiders, and also had a shortage of water sources. The villagers had to pay a certain sum to the Druze sheikhs ("chiefs"), in order to connect to a water-canal south of the village and fill the village reservoir. If, in the event of a bad harvest, they could not pay this sum, the village would face mass hunger and cattle had to be taken to Bosra for water.[3]


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Daraa Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 215.
  3. 1 2 Schumacher, 1897, p. 164.
  4. Smith; in Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Second appendix, B, p. 151


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