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Asyut Governorate

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Country  Egypt
Time zone  EET (UTC+2)
Capital  Asyut
University  Assiut University
Seat  Asyut (capital)
Area  25,926 km²
Population  4.123 million (2014)
Team  Al Badari SC
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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.

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Map of Assiut Governorate, Egypt

Etymology

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

Population

According to population estimates from 2015 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 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 1,126,103 in urban areas.

Demographics

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. However it is likely that figure is underestimated, since the Church claims up to 48.5% while the remaining population are Sunni Muslims. 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. 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. 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. A very conservative society, which is Asyut, stopped the pageant.

Cities

  • Abnub
  • Abu Tig
  • Asyut
  • Dairut
  • El Badari
  • El Ghanayem
  • Manfalut
  • El Qusiya
  • Sahel Selim
  • Sodfa
  • Industrial zones

    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:

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

    Ancient quarries are an important feature of Asyut. There are about 500 rock-cut tombs and limestone quarries all around Asyut.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.

  • Deir El Gabrawi
  • Durunka
  • Meir
  • Notable residents

  • Akhnoukh Fanous, political activist
  • Ester Fanous, female activist
  • Hafez Ibrahim, poet born in Dairut, Asyut
  • Gamal Abdel Nasser, Second President of Egypt
  • Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • References

    Asyut Governorate Wikipedia


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