Talk:Governorates of Iraq

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Why switch the names to "governorate"?

  1. governorate is the official Iraqi naming
  2. this is more in line with translation of muhafazah in other arab countries
  3. the term province is usually reserved for wilaya


I would favor switching, to have an all-arab solution Tobias Conradi 06:52, 9 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Apparently some people have been changing most of the titles of individual governates to province already. I wonder what made them decide to do so? --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 11:35, 21 February 2013 (UTC)


Agree The arguments in favor of the name governate make sense and I simply haven't seen arguments in favor of the name province yet. --AlexanderVanLoon (talk) 11:35, 21 February 2013 (UTC)


  • don't merge, as it is usual for subdivision articles not to be merged Tobias Conradi (Talk) 20:46, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
Do other countries have separate articles for subdivisions? I don't see the point of this one as there doesn't seem to be any difference. AndrewRT 12:17, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
When I meant difference, I should have said I dont' see much information within "subdivisions" that isn't in "governorates". I was just trying to tidy up the categories but know you mention the other countries I agree they should be kept separate. Besides another subsection - regions of Iraq will soon be needed!! AndrewRT 12:03, 15 March 2006 (UTC)


Is there a source for the name change from At-Tamim to Kirkuk? Being so controversial we should enforce that policy here. AndrewRT 21:56, 12 June 2006 (UTC)


Somewhere I can see As-Sulaymaniyah and somwhere As-Sulaymaniyyah. Does anybody know the correct spelling? Mountleek (talk) 00:31, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Nineveh and Dohuk[edit]

I believe we need to update to what is the current borders of certain governorates. For example, the Akre region no longer belongs to Nineveh. Instead, it's incorporated with Dohuk [[1]]. Chaldean (talk) 08:38, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

3 years and no answer, so I might as well do it myself. Chaldean (talk) 11:52, 22 January 2014 (UTC)


This page is at least inconsistent. The text says that there are 19 governorates and 19 are listed in the bulletized list. However, the map shows only 18; there is no Halabja. Actually, I do not think that the Government of Iraq accepts Halabja as a governorate ([| Iraqi MOFA]). Instead, it is considered a part of As-Sulaymaniyyah. Mu.ting 27 April 2015 — Preceding undated comment added 01:02, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Regions of Iraq[edit]

Regions of Iraq redirects here, but only the Kurdish region already established by §117 in Section 5 of the Iraqi Constitution is mentioned in passing. Have no other federal regions been formed subsequently? — Christoph Päper 11:45, 10 January 2017 (UTC)