Khirbet Awad

Khirbet Awad
Khirbet Awwad
Khirbet Awad

Location in Syria

Coordinates: 32°19′24″N 36°42′40″E / 32.32333°N 36.71111°E / 32.32333; 36.71111
Country  Syria
Governorate As-Suwayda
District Salkhad
Subdistrict Ghariyah
Population (2004)
  Total 398

Khirbet Awad (Arabic: عرمان; also spelled Khirbet Awwad) is a village in southern Syria, administratively part of the Salkhad District of the al-Suwayda Governorate. It straddles Syria's border with Jordan. The closest localities are al-Mughayyir to the northwest and Annat to the northeast. In the 2004 census it had a population of 398.[1] Its inhabitants are Druze.[2]


During late Ottoman rule, Khirbet Awad was settled by Druze. In the mid-19th century, the village was controlled by the Druze Sharaf ad-Din clan. It remained under Sharaf ad-Din control, but became part of the Bani al-Atrash clan's zone of influence by 1867.[3] When the Ottoman Empire was driven from the region of Syria during World War I, its Arab territories were divided between France and Great Britain. The former were accorded control of modern-day Syria, while the latter controlled modern-day Jordan. In the division of the area, the straight border between the two countries was interrupted by Khirbet Awad, which was made part of Syria. The border formed a 90-degree angle around the village, which was situated 60 meters north of the border with Jordan.[4]


  1. "General Census of Population 2004.". Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  2. "The Druzes". The British Druze Society. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011.
  3. Firro, Kais (1992). A History of the Druzes. 1. BRILL. p. 191. ISBN 9004094377.
  4. Report to the Council of the League of Nations on the Administration of 'Iraq. Colonial Office, Great Britain. 1932. p. 210.
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