Asyut Governorate

Asyūṭ Governorate (Arabic: محافظة أسيوط) is one of the many governorates of Egypt. It stretches across a section of the Nile River.[4] The capital of the governorate is the city of Asyut.[5]

Asyut Governorate
Nasser mosque
Flag of Asyut Governorate
Official logo 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
SeatAsyut (capital)
 • GovernorJamal Nour El Din Mohamed Zaki[2]
 (January 2018)
 • Total4,472,000[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2017)0.640[3]


The name of Asyut is derived from early Egyptian Zawty (Z3JW.TJ), late Egyptian Səyáwt into Coptic Syowt. An A was added to the beginning of the name Syowt to become Asyut.[6]


The rate of poverty in Asyut is more than 60%. Recently, some social safety networks have been provided, in the form of financial assistance and job opportunities. The funding has been coordinated by Egypt's Ministry of Finance, with assistance from international organizations.[7]

Municipal divisionsEdit

The governorate is divided into municipal divisions, with a total estimated population of 4,407,335, as of July 2017. In Asyut Governorate, there is 1 new city, three aqsam and eleven marakiz. Sometimes a markaz and a qism share a name.[8][9][clarification needed]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(July 2017 Est.)
Abnub مركز أبنوب Abnūb 413,758 Markaz
Abu Tig قسم ابو تيج Abū Tīj 92,134 Kism (fully urban)
Abu Tig مركز أبوتيج Abū Tīj 231,577 Markaz
El Badari مركز البدارى Al-Badārī 271,635 Markaz
El Fath مركز الفتح Al-Fatḥ 320,636 Markaz
El Ghanayem مركز الغنايم Al-Ghanāyim 133,490 Markaz
El Qusiya مركز القوصية Al-Qūṣiyah 465,787 Markaz
Asyut مركز أسيوط Asyūṭ 518,936 Markaz
Asyut 1 قسم أول أسيوط Asyūṭ 1 250,033 Kism (fully urban)
Asyut 2 قسم ثان أسيوط Asyūṭ 2 212,028 Kism (fully urban)
Dairut مركز ديروط Dayrūṭ 598,001 Markaz
New Asyut مدينة اسيوط الجديدة Madīnat Asyūṭ al-Jadīdah 8,065 New City
Manfalut مركز منفلوط Manfalūṭ 526,382 Markaz
Sahel Selim مركز ساحل سليم Sāḥīl Salim 180,997 Markaz
Sodfa مركز صدفا Ṣidfa 183,877 Markaz


According to 2015 estimates, the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 26.5%. Out of an estimated 4,245,215 people residing in the governorate, 3,119,112 live in rural areas, as opposed to only 1,126,103 in urban areas.[10]


Asyut 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.[11] However, they now make up 32% while the remaining population are Sunni Muslims.[12][13] Evangelical (Protestant) religions had significant growth in some districts of Asyut, as evidenced in 1907 census data, where half of the citizens of a village were counted as Protestant Copts.[14] Muslims and Christians have lived together in Asyut and at times there have been clashes. In July 2013, a large number of Christians took to the streets to protest Muslim extremism in Asyut.[15] Whether Christian or Muslim, Asyut is home to a very conservative society and in October, 2016 Upper Egypt's first beauty pageant, which was to be held in Asyut, had to be canceled due to death threats and security issues.[16]


Industrial zonesEdit

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[17]

  • Al Awamer Abnoub
  • Al Zarabi in Abu Tig
  • Al Safa (Beni Ghaleb)
  • Sahel Selim
  • Dairout
  • Badari
  • New Asyut

Projects and programsEdit

In 2016, Switzerland committed to funding a solid waste management program in Asyut, a project with the Egyptian Ministry of Environment that will conclude in 2021. The National Solid Waste Management Programme (NSWMP) involves the construction of infrastructure for new as well as the expansion and improvement of existing waste treatment, landfill, and recycling facilities.[18]

Important sitesEdit

Ancient quarries are an important feature of Asyut. There are about 500 rock-cut tombs and limestone quarries all around Asyut.[19] The governorate of Asyut includes the Ancient Egyptian tombs of Meir,[20] and the town of Durunka,[21] which is a pilgrimage site for many Copts who come to visit a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.[22][23][24]

Notable peopleEdit


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