|Residents||754.810 (as of 2005)|
|density||47 inhabitants per km²|
Coordinates: 32 ° 0 ' N , 47 ° 0' E
Maisan ( Arabic ميسان, DMG Maysān ) is an Iraqi governorate in the southeast of the country on the border with Iran . The capital is Amara .
The districts are:
- al-Kahla '
- al-Majar al-kabir
- Ali al-Gharbi
- Qal'at Salih
The governorate has an area of 16,072 km² and the population is 754,810 (2005). The majority of the population are Shiite Arabs . It is also home to the so-called March Arabs . The governorate was one of the main theaters of war in the Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988 . Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, there have been discussions about merging the province with the two other provinces of Basra and Dhi Qar to form a Shiite autonomous region. On October 15, 2005, out of 254,067 voters, 97.79% voted in favor of the new constitution.