Amasiya district was established on September 9, 1930 under the name “Aghbaba”. The administrative center of the district with an area of 608 km² was the urban-type settlement of Amasiya. The distance from the district center to Iravan is 148 km.

Historically, the territory of the former Amasiya district, as well as the composition of the Aghbaba and Shoreyel districts of the Iravan Khanate, belonged to Eastern Anatolia. Until the Soviet rule, the population of only three of the 40 villages that existed in this area consisted of Armenians who were settled there.

In 1951, the district was abolished and included in the Kizil Goch district. It had been an independent region since 1956. Nevertheless, the district was abolished again in 1962, but was reorganized in 1963.

Since 1987, the native inhabitants of the district – Azerbaijanis were forced to leave their places of residence. In 1995, the district was abolished and included in the administrative territory of Shirak province of Armenia.