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Maysan Governorate

Maysan Governorate
Maysan Province
Location of Maysan Governorate

Coordinates: 31°54′N 47°2′E / 31.900°N 47.033°E / 31.900; 47.033Coordinates: 31°54′N 47°2′E / 31.900°N 47.033°E / 31.900; 47.033{{#coordinates:31|54|N|47|2|E|type:city_region:IQ|| |primary |name=

Country Template:Country data Iraq
Capital Amarah
 • Total 16,072 km2 (6,205 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 971,400 [1]

Maysan Governorate (Arabic: ميسان Maysān‎) (or Maysan Province) is a province in southeastern Iraq, bordering Iran. The provincial capital, located beside the Tigris, is Amarah. The second settlement is Majar Al-Kabir. Prior to 1976 the province was known as Amara Province.

Maysan is a majority Shia province. Its population suffered greatly during the Iran–Iraq War, during which it was a major battlefield, and subsequently post the 1991 Shia Uprising. The province is traditionally home to many Marsh Arabs.


This region was called Messène Μεσσήνη by Ancient Greeks (Strabo), Mays̲h̲an in Syriac. Mēs̲h̲ān in Middle Persian, Mēs̲h̲un in Armenian, Maysān in Arabic, and T’iao-tche (Chaldaea) in the Han sources.[2] The earliest references are from the first century AD.[2]

Ancient history

Further information: Sumer

Provincial Government

As of 2007, the governor was Adil Muhawdar Radi [1] Preceded by Muhammad Shiya al-Sudani.

The current governor is Ali Dawai Lazem, a supporter of Muqtada al-Sadr. He is the only provincial governor in Iraq belonging to the Sadrist Movement. Though he is a Shi'a, he is a non-sectarian and has said, "It doesn't make a difference if you are Sunni or Shi'ite or Christian. I don't differentiate between anyone." He has been called Iraq's most popular politician.

The provincial government of Maysan has been more successful than others in Iraq in delivering public services. According to the New York Times, "Roads are being paved, new sewage systems installed and residents now enjoy electricity for up to 22 hours a day, far more than in Baghdad."[3]

See also


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  2. ^ a b Streck, M.; Morony, M.. "Maysān." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. , 2012. Reference. 30 March 2012
  3. ^ Arango, Tim (3 May 2013). "A Sadrist Governor Is a Folk Hero to Iraqis". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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