Baba Amr

Baba Amr
أبو جرش
Baba Amr

Location in Syria

Coordinates: SY 34°42′39″N 36°41′28″E / 34.71083°N 36.69111°E / 34.71083; 36.69111Coordinates: SY 34°42′39″N 36°41′28″E / 34.71083°N 36.69111°E / 34.71083; 36.69111
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
Subdistrict Homs
City Homs
Population (2004)
  Total 34,175
  Population includes adjacent neighborhood of Sultaniya

Baba Amr (Arabic: بابا عمرو/ALA-LC: Bâba ʿAmr) is a city district (hayy) in southwestern Homs in central Syria. In 2004, it had a population of 34,175 (the hayy of Sultaniya which abuts Baba Amr to the south was also counted in this figure).[1] Abutting Baba Amr and Sultaniya from the north and south respectively are the city districts of Inshaat and the village of Jobar. To the west are the villages of Aysun, Shalluh and al-Mazra'a and to the east is Homs' Palestinian refugee camp.

In the early 20th century, Baba Amr was a village in Orontes plain southwest of Homs.[2] The modern district was formed largely as a result of Bedouin migration from the desert steppe east of Homs to the city's suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s.[3] The Bedouin moved to the area due to land reforms by the Ba'athist government of President Hafez al-Assad which saw many semi-nomadic Bedouin settle in the suburbs of major cities.[3] Most of Baba Amr's inhabitants self-identify as members of the Mawali and Bani Hassan tribal confederations.[3] The inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[4]


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Socin, Albert; Bezinger, Immanuel; Peters, John Punnett, eds. (1906). Palestine and Syria with the chief routes through Mesopotamia and Babylonia. Karl Baedeker. pp. 366–367.
  3. 1 2 3 Lund, Aron (2015-07-02). "Syria's Bedouin Tribes: An Interview With Dawn Chatty". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  4. Wood, Paul (2012-02-12). "Syria's slide towards civil war". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
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