Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate

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Al-Qadisiyah Governorate
القادسية
Province
Location of Al-Qadisiyah Governorate
Coordinates: 31°51′N 45°3′E / 31.850°N 45.050°E / 31.850; 45.050Coordinates: 31°51′N 45°3′E / 31.850°N 45.050°E / 31.850; 45.050
Country  Iraq
Capital Al Diwaniyah
Area
 • Total 8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,320,000 (10% of total)

Al-Qadisiyah Governorate (Arabic: القادسية Al Qādisiyah‎‎) is one of the governorates of Iraq. It is in the center-south of the country. Its capital is Al Diwaniyah. Before 1976, it was part of the ad-Diwāniyah Governorate, along with al-Muthannā and Najaf. The province is named after the historical city of Al-Qādisiyah, the site of the Battle of al-Qādisiyah, where in 636 CE the Islamic Rashidun forces defeated the forces of the Sassanid Empire. The governorate is predominately Shia Arab. It includes the Mesopotamian marsh of Hor Aldelmj.

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