Basra Province Explained

Official Name:Basra Province
Native Name:محافظة البصرة
Other Name:Basra Governorate
Mapsize:200px
Settlement Type:Province
Coordinates Display:inline,title
Coordinates Region:IQ
Subdivision Type:Country
Subdivision Name: Iraq
Subdivision Type1:Capital
Subdivision Name1:Basra
Latd:30
Latm:22
Latns:N
Longd:47
Longm:22
Longew:E
Population As Of:2011 Estimate
Population Total:3,500,000
Area Total Km2:19070

Basra Province (Arabic: البصرة ''Al Baṣra'') (or Basra Governorate) is a province in southern Iraq, bordering Kuwait to the south and Iran to the east. The provincial capital is the city of Basra. Other districts of Basra include Al-Qurnah, Az Zubayr, Al Mudaynah, Shatt Al Arab, Abu Al Khaseeb and Al Faw located on the Persian Gulf.

Ancient history

See also: Sumer.

Modern history

In 1920, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the United Kingdom took over the former Ottoman vilayets of Basra, Baghdad and Mosul which had together formed the historical region of Irak Arabi or Irak Babeli, and called it the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. The mandate was succeeded by the Kingdom of Iraq in 1932.

Provincial Government

See also