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Encyclopedia > M'Sila Province

M'Sila (also spelled Msila or MSila) (Arabic: ولاية المسيلة) is a wilaya of Northern Algeria. It has a population of 900,000 people and an area of 18,718 km², while its capital, also called M'sila, has a population of 100,000. M'Sila University is also located in this wilaya. Some localities in this wilaya are Bou Saada and Maadid. The Arabic language ( ), or simply Arabic ( ), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ... Map of the provinces of Algeria in alphabetical order. ... MSila is a wilaya of Northern Algeria. ...

In the News

M'Sila is primarily known for its farming. However, it has also been the site of conflict due to a campaign by the Algerian government to remove Islamist militants from the area [1], [2].

Additionally, M'Sila was the location of the first village constructed as part of a government-run program to transition nomadic Algerians to sedentary life using local materials. The village, now complete, was dubbed Maader and consists of houses, public and trading areas, and a mosque.


Chott El Hodna, a wetland, crosses into M'Sila. However, most of the region is arid and undeveloped.

External links

  • City Directory
  • Encycloepaedia of the Orient-a brief description of M'Sila, focusing on its capital
  • BBC - a news article about some recent violence in M'Sila
  • Archnet - focuses on the Maader village project
  • Wetlands International - an in-depth description of M'Sila's wetland



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