As-Suwayda Governorate

Map of Syria with al-Suwayda Governorate highlighted
Al-Suwayda Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة السويداء‎ / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat as-Suwaydā’) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is the southernmost governorate and has an area of 5,550 km² and forms part of the historic Hawran region. Its capital and major city is al-Suwayda. A large majority of the population are Druze.

Geographically the governorate comprises almost all of Jabal al-Druze, the eastern part of Lejah, and a part of the arid eastern steppe of Harrat al-Shamah.

The governorate has a population of about 770,000 inhabitants (est. 2011).[1] It is the only governorate in Syria that has a Druze majority.[2] There is also a sizable Eastern Orthodox minority, and a small Muslim refugee community from mainly Daraa Governorate as well as other parts of Syria.[3]

In the 1980s Druze made up 87.6% of the population, Christians (mostly Greek Orthodox) 11% and Sunni Muslims 2%.[4]

Most of the inhabitants live in the western parts of the governorate, especially on the western slopes of Jabal ad-Duruz. Only nomadic Bedouin tribes live in the barren region of Harrat al-Shamah.

The governorate is divided into 3 districts (manatiq):

These are further divided into 12 sub-districts (nawahi).

The governorate contains 3 cities, 124 villages, and 36 hamlets.[1]

This page was last edited on 4 May 2018, at 17:37 (UTC).
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Suwayda_Governorate under CC BY-SA license.

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