Shin, Syria


Location in Syria

Coordinates: 34°47′0″N 36°26′0″E / 34.78333°N 36.43333°E / 34.78333; 36.43333
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs Governorate
District Homs District
Nahiyah Shin
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2004)
  Total 13,020

Shin (Arabic: شين Shîn) is a town in northwestern Syria administratively part of the Homs Governorate, located west of Homs. Nearby localities include Rabah to the north, al-Mahfurah to the northeast, Tarin to the east, Suwayri to the southeast, Hadidah to the south, al-Mazinah and al-Huwash to the southwest and Muqlus to the northwest.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Shin had a population of 13,020 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of the Shin nahiyah ("subdistrict") which consists of 22 localities with a collective population of 27,951 in 2004.[1] The inhabitants of the town are predominantly Alawites. Although many had converted to the heterodox Alawite sect of Sulayman al-Murshid (known as Murshidians) during the French Mandate period (1920-46), the population readopted the orthodox Alawite faith since then.[2]


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Balanche, Fabrice (2006). La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien (PDF) (in French). Karthala Editions. ISBN 2845868189.

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