Asyut Governorate

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Asyut Governorate
Flag of Asyut Governorate
Asyut Governorate on the map of Egypt
Asyut Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 27°15′07″N 31°05′24″E / 27.252°N 31.09°E / 27.252; 31.09Coordinates: 27°15′07″N 31°05′24″E / 27.252°N 31.09°E / 27.252; 31.09
Country  Egypt
Seat Asyut (capital)
 • Governor Ibrahim Hamad[1]
Population (2014)
 • Total 4,123,441
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Asyut Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة أسيوط‎‎ Muḥāfẓet Asyut) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It stretches across the Nile. The capital of the governorate is the city of Asyut.


The name of Asyut is derived from early Egyptian Zawty (Z3JW.TJ), late Egyptian Səyáwt into Coptic Syowt.


  • Percentage to total area of Egypt: 2.6%.
  • Population: around 3.5 million (male 51.21%; female 48.79%).
  • Population density: 119.6 people/km².
  • Rural population: 2.2 million; urban population: 0.9 million.
  • Percentage to the whole population of Egypt: 4.3%.
  • Population growth rate: 2.6% per year.

Assiut Governorate has for administrative divisions: 11 localities, 52 local administrative units, 235 small villages, and 971 tiny villages.[2]


2015 population estimated figures for Asyut Governorate were 26.5% urban and 4,245,215 people: 3,119,112 in rural areas and 1,126,103 in urban areas. [3]


Asyut governorate has a population of over 4 million people,with a significant Coptic presence. In 1914, it had the second largest proportion of Copts in Egypt, where they made up 20.7% of the population.[4] However it is likely that figure is underestimated, since the Church claims up to 48.5% while the remaining population are Sunni Muslims.[5][6]


Important sites[edit]


The governorate of Asyut includes the Ancient Egyptian tombs of Meir, and the town of Durunka, which is a pilgrimage site for many Copts who come to visit a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Prominent people from Asyut[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mansour appoints 20 new governors". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2007-11-04.  Official Website of the Government of Asyut
  3. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
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  5. ^ "The Coptic Orthodox Church in action - Al-Ahram Weekly". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  6. ^ Seng, Ph.D, Yvonne (2008). Men in Black Dresses: A Quest for the Future Among Wisdom-Makers of the Middle East. Simon & Shuster. p. 85. ISBN 9781439104569. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 

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