Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

Al-Qahtaniyah (Arabic: القحطانية; ‹See Tfd›Kurdish: Tirbespî or Tirbê Spîyê; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ, romanized: Qabre Ḥewore), formerly Qubur 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]



Tirbespî  ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ
Location of Al-Qahtaniyah in Syria
Coordinates: 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917
Country Syria
405 m (1,329 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Kurdish and words "Terb", meaning "graves", and "Spî", meaning "white". The name of the town therefore means "White graves", but after Al bath regime brought Arabs to the town they turned the name to become "Al - Kahtaniy" which is a name of Arab grandfather in operations called " Arabic belt" to change the demographic of the town.


The majority of the towns inhabitants are Kurds, followed by a large Arab minority and a smaller Assyrian minority.


On 13 March 2004, during the 2004 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]

Notable people

  • Haco agha haverka's triple agha.
  • Haji Saeed Shaker famous patriot person, he build Al Rahman mosque in Terbespî, he is from Deruna Qulinga village.
  • Tuma Gawriye Nahroyo, Assyrian poet and author (1936-2002).
  • Sleman Henno, Assyrian author and priest of Syriac Orthodox Church (1918-2006).


  1. "2004 Census Data for Nahiya al-Qahtaniyah" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2015. Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. 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. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
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