Maisan (governorate)

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Basic data
Country Iraq
Capital Amara
surface 16,072 km²
Residents 754.810 (as of 2005)
density 47 inhabitants per km²
ISO 3166-2 IQ-MA

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-Amara
  • al-Kahla '
  • al-Maimuna
  • 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.