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Baladiyah (Arabic: بلدية‎) is a type of Arabic administrative division that can be translated as "district", "sub-district"[1] or "municipality".[2] The plural is baladiyat (Arabic: بلديات‎). Grammatically, it is the feminine of بلدي "rural, country-, folk-".

The Arabic term amanah (أمانة) is also used for "municipality".[3]

Arab countries[edit]


Specific set Note
Communes of Algeria Refer to tertiary level administration divisions.
Municipalities of Lebanon Refer to tertiary level administration divisions.
Municipalities of Qatar Top level
Baladiyat of Libya Pre-1995 and post-2013
Municipalities of Damascus



In Turkish, the word belediye (definite accusative belediyesi), which is a loan from Arabic, means "municipality" or "city council".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Minorities and the State in Africa. Cambria Press. ISBN 9781621968740.
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (2010-11-19). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. ISBN 9781476604473.
  3. ^ Sassen, Saskia (2009-09-30). Human Settlement Development - Volume IV. EOLSS Publications. p. 414. ISBN 9781848260474.

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