Coordinates: 32°38′34″N 36°34′26″E / 32.64278°N 36.57389°E / 32.64278; 36.57389
Country  Syria
Governorate Al-Suwayda Governorate
District Al-Suwayda District
Nahiyah Al-Suwayda
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 3,332
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Rasas (Arabic: رساس, also spelled Rsas) is a village in southern Syria, administratively part of the al-Suwayda Governorate, located south of al-Suwayda. Nearby localities include 'Ira to the southwest, Sahwat Bilata to the east, al-Ruha to the northeast and Umm Walad to the west. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Rasas had a population of 3,332 in the 2004 census.[1]


In 1596 Rasas appeared in the Ottoman tax registers under the name of Irsas (diz nazd Kafr), being part of the nahiya of Bani Nasiyya in the Qada of Hauran. It had an entirely Muslim population consisting of 20 households and 10 bachelors. They paid a fixed tax-rate of 40% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, goats and bee-hives; a total of 3,880 akçe. Part of the income (8 out of 24 parts) went to a Waqf.[2]


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Suwayda Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 220


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