Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem
The Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (Ottoman Turkish: Kudüs-i Şerif Mutasarrıflığı; Arabic: متصرفية القدس الشريف), also known as the Sanjak of Jerusalem was an Ottoman district with special administrative status established in 1872. The district encompassed Jerusalem as well as the other major cities of Gaza, Jaffa, Hebron, Bethlehem and Beersheba. During the late Ottoman period, the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, together with the Sanjak of Nablus and Sanjak of Acre, formed the region that was commonly referred to as "Southern Syria" or "Palestine".[nb 1]
The district was first separated from Damascus and placed directly under Istanbul in 1841, and formally created as an independent province in 1872 by Grand Vizier Mahmud Nedim Pasha. Scholars provide a variety of reasons for the separation, including increased European interest in the region, and strengthening of the southern border of the Empire against the Khedivate of Egypt.
Initially, the Mutasarrifate of Acre and Mutasarrifate of Nablus were combined with the province of Jerusalem, with the combined province being referred to in the register of the court of Jerusalem as the "Jerusalem Eyalet",[nb 2] and referred to by the British consul as creation of "Palestine into a separate eyalet".[nb 3]
However, after less than two months, the sanjaks of Nablus and Acre were separated and added to the Vilayet of Beirut, leaving just the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem. In 1906, the Kaza of Nazareth was added to the Jerusalem Mutasarrifate, as an exclave, primarily in order to allow the issuance of a single tourist permit to Christian travellers.
The political status of the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem was unique to other Ottoman province since it came under the direct authority of the state capital Istanbul. The inhabitants identified themselves primarily on religious terms. The district's villages were normally inhabited by farmers while its towns were populated by merchants, artisans, landowners and money-lenders. The elite consisted of the religious leadership, wealthy landlords and high-ranking civil servants.
The district was first separated from Damascus and placed directly under Istanbul in 1841, and formally created as an independent province in 1872. Before 1872, the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem was officially a sanjak within the Syria Vilayet (created in 1864, following the Tanzimat reforms).
The southern border of the Mutasarifate of Jerusalem was redrawn in 1906, at the instigation of the British, who were interested in safeguarding their imperial interests and in making the border as short and patrollable as possible.
Towards the end of the 19th century, the idea that the region of Palestine or the Mutasarifate of Jerusalem formed a separate political entity became widespread among the district's educated Arab classes. In 1904, former Jerusalem official Najib Azuri formed in Paris, France the Ligue de la Patrie Arabe ("League of Arab Patriots") whose goal was to free Ottoman Syria and Iraq from Turkish domination. In 1908, Azuri proposed the elevation of the mutassarifate to the status of vilayet to the Ottoman Parliament after the 1908 Young Turk Revolution.
The area was conquered by the Allied Forces in 1917 during World War I and a military Occupied Enemy Territory Administration (OETA South) set up to replace the Ottoman administration. OETA South consisted of the Ottoman sanjaks of Jerusalem, Nablus and Acre. The military administration was replaced by a British civilian administration in 1920 and the area of OETA South became the territory of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1923, with some border adjustments with Lebanon and Syria.
The division was bounded on the west by the Mediterranean, on the east by the River Jordan and the Dead Sea, on the north by a line from the mouth of the river Auja to the bridge over the Jordan near Jericho, and on the south by a line from midway between Gaza and Arish to Aqaba.[nb 4]
Administrative divisions 
Administrative divisions of the Mutasarrifate (1872-1909):
- a-Hafir (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه حفير; Turkish: Hafır nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية عوجة الحفير), created in 1908 as a middle point between Beersheba and Aqaba, close to the newly agreed border with Sinai
- al-Mulayha, created in 1908 as a midway point between Hafir and Aqaba
- Beersheba (Ottoman Turkish: بلدية بءرالسبع; Turkish: Birüsseb' belediyesı; Arabic: بلدية بئر السبع), created in 1901
- Al-Faluja (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه فلوجه; Turkish: Felluce nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية الفالوجة), created in 1903
- Khan Yunis (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه خان يونس; Turkish: Hanyunus nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية خان يونس), created in 1903 and became a municipality in 1917
- al-Majdal (Ottoman Turkish: ... ناحيه; Turkish: Mücdel nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية المجدل), created in 1880
- Gaza (Ottoman Turkish: بلدية غزّه; Turkish: Gazze belediyesı ; Arabic: بلدية غزة), created in 1893
- Bayt 'Itab (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه بيت اعطاب; Turkish: Beyt-i a'tâb nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية بيت عطاب),craeted in 1903
- Bayt Jibrin (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه بيت جبرين; Turkish: Beyt-i Cireyn nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية بيت جبرين),created in 1903
- Hebron (Ottoman Turkish: بلدية خليل الرحمن; Turkish: Halilü'r Rahman belediyesı; Arabic: بلدية الخليل), created in 1886
- Ni'lin (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه نعلين; Turkish: Na’leyn nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية نعلين),created in 1903
- Ramla (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه رمله; Turkish: Remle nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية الرملة), created in 1880, became municipality before 1888 and re-established as sub-district in 1889
- Lydda (Ottoman Turkish: ... بلدية; Turkish: Lod belediyesı ; Arabic: ... بلدية)
- Abwein (Ottoman Turkish: ... ناحيه; Turkish: Abaveyn nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية عبوين), created in 1903;
- Bethlehem (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه بيت اللحم; Turkish: Beytü'l lahim nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية بيت لحم), created in 1883 and became a municipality in 1894;
- Ramallah (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه رام الله; Turkish: Ramallah nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية رام الله), created in 1903 and became a municipality in 1911,
- Saffa (Ottoman Turkish: ناحيه صفا; Turkish: Safa nahiyesı; Arabic: ناحية صفّا),
- Jerusalem (Ottoman Turkish: بلدية قدس; Turkish: Kudüs-i Şerif belediyesı; Arabic: بلدية القدس الشريف), created in 1867 and
- Beit Jala (Ottoman Turkish: ... بلدية; Turkish: ... belediyesı; Arabic: بلدية بيت جالا),created in 1912.
Following 1906, the kaza of Nazareth was added:
Mutasarrıfs of Jerusalem 
The Mutasarrıfs of Jerusalem were appointed by the Porte to govern the district. They were usually experienced civil servants who spoke little or no Arabic, but knew a European language - most commonly French.
Pre-separation from Damascus 
- Sureyya Pasha 1857-63
- Izzet Pasha 1864-67
- Nazif Pasha 1867-69
- Kamil Pasha 1869-71
- Ali Bey 1871-72
Post-separation from Damascus 
- Nazlf Pasha (same as above) 1872-73
- Kamil Pasha (same as above) 1873-75
- Ali Bey (same as above) 1874-76
- Faik Bey 1876-77
- Sharif Mehmed Rauf Pasha 1877-89
- Resad Pasha 1889-90
- Ibrahim Hakki Pasha 1890-97
- Mehmet Tevfik Biren 1897-01
- Mehmet Cavit Bey 1901-02
- Osman Kazim Bey 1902-04
- Ahmed Resid Bey 1904-06
- Ali Ekrem Bolayır 1906-08
Post Young Turk Revolution 
- Subhi Bey 1908-09
- Nazim Bey 1909-10
- Azmi Bey 1910-11
- Cevdet Bey 1911-12
- Muhdi Bey 1912
- Tahir Hayreddin Bey 1912-13
- Ahmed Macid Bey 1913-15
See also 
- The 1915 Filastin Risalesi ("Palestine Document"), an Ottoman army (VIII Corps (Ottoman Empire)) country survey which formally identified Palestine as including the sanjaqs of Akka (the Galilee), the Sanjaq of Nablus, and the Sanjaq of Jerusalem (Kudus Sherif), see Shifting Ottoman Conceptions of Palestine-Part 2: Ethnography and Cartography, Salim Tamari
- Register no 348 of the Shari'a court of Jerusalem, p211-12 in an edict to the Vali of "Kuds-i-Serif eyaleti" dated 4 Jumada I 1289 (10 July 1872), as quoted in "The Rise of the Sanjak of Jerusalem" by Butrus Abu Manneh
- Noel Temple Moore, British consul to Jerusalem from 1863-90, wrote on 27 July 1872 of “the recent erection of Palestine into a separate eyalet.”, FO 195/994, as quoted in "The Rise of the Sanjak of Jerusalem" by Butrus Abu Manneh
- A 1900 dispatch from British Consul Dickson O'Conor, in FO 195/2084, as quoted in "The Rise of the Sanjak of Jerusalem" by Butrus Abu Manneh[page needed]
- Mutlu, Servet. "Late Ottoman population and its ethnic distribution". pp. 29–31. Corrected population for Mortality Level=8.
- The Popular encyclopedia: or, conversations lexicon, Volume 6. 1862. p. 698.
- Büssow, Johann (2011-08-11). Hamidian Palestine: Politics and Society in the District of Jerusalem 1872-1908. BRILL. p. 5. ISBN 978-90-04-20569-7. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Ilan Papeh (1999). The Israel - Palestine Question. Routledge. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-415-16948-6. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Jankowski, 1997, p. 174.
- Beshara, 2012, Part 1.[page needed]
- El-Hasan, 2010, p. 38.
- Butrus Abu Manneh. The Rise of the Sanjak of Jerusalem. p. 39.
- Büssow, Johann (2011-08-11). Hamidian Palestine: Politics and Society in the District of Jerusalem 1872-1908. BRILL. pp. 41–44. ISBN 978-90-04-20569-7. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Rût Kark (1994). American Consuls in the Holy Land: 1832 - 1914. Wayne State University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8143-2523-0. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Büssow, Johann (2011-08-11). Hamidian Palestine: Politics and Society in the District of Jerusalem 1872-1908. BRILL. p. 70. ISBN 978-90-04-20569-7. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Gardus, Yehuda; Shmueli, Avshalom, ed. (1978–79). [The Land of the Negev (English title)]
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- David Kushner (2005). To be governor of Jerusalem: the city and district during the time of Ali Ekrem Bey, 1906-1908. Isis Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-975-428-310-5.
- Kushner, David (July 1987). "The Ottoman Governors of Palestine, 1864-1914". Middle Eastern Studies 23 (3): 274–290.
- Beshara, Adel (2012). The Origins of Syrian Nationhood: Histories, Pioneers and Identity. CRC Press. ISBN 1136724508.
- El-Hasan, Hasan Afif (2010). Israel Or Palestine? Is the Two-state Solution Already Dead?: A Political and Military History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Algora Publishing. ISBN 0875867936.
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