Short-lived Ottoman provinces

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Among the many Ottoman provinces (eyalets or vilayets) that were created during the centuries-long history of the Ottoman Empire, some existed for relatively short amounts of time, either because they were ceded to foreign powers, obtained independence, or were simply merged with other provinces.


See also: Eyalet
  • The Eyalet of Tiflis was taken from Kartli in 1578/9, but the country proved difficult to subdue: Tiflis was lost in 1583, the Ottomans then lost the whole land except for Lori and Gori, and both were made eyalets in place of Tiflis, but were later lost in 1590 and 1599 respectively.[1]
  • The Eyalet of Kakheti was nominally an eyalet in 1578, when King Alexander was made a beylerbeyi of his own kingdom.[1]
  • The Eyalet of Shirvan existed from 1578 to 1604, it had previously been an Ottoman vassal for some years after 1533.[1]
  • The Eyalet of Dagestan was conquered in 1578 and remained an eyalet until the beginning of the next century.[1]
  • The Eyalet of Saruhan was an eyalet of the Ottoman Empire from 1845 to 1847.[citation needed]
  • The Eyalet of Sigetvar (Turkish: Sigetvar Eyaleti;[2] Hungarian: Szigetvári vilájet; Croatian: Sigetvarski vilajet) was formed in c. 1596 and existed until 1600. It included parts of present-day Hungary and Croatia. The capital was Szigetvár. It was later transferred to Kanije Eyalet.
1855 map of Anatolia, showing the location of the Eyalet of Kurdistan.
  • The Eyalet of Kurdistan (Ottoman language: ايالت كردستان‎, Eyâlet-i Kurdistân[3]) existed from 1847 to 1867 (20 years). Confusingly, some neighbouring eyalets, such as Sharazor, were also sometimes referred to as "Kurdistan".[4] It was established by the Ottoman Empire following the suppression of Bedirhan Bey's revolt in 1847. On December 14, 1847, the Ottoman State newspaper - Takvim-i Vekayi Gazetesi - carried an official notice announcing the establishment of 'the Province of Kurdistan'.[5] The area of the eyalet was populated mainly by Kurdish speaking Muslims. As to its yearbook, it included Hakkâri, Dêrsîm, Diyâr-ı Bekr in 1849.[citation needed] The territorial setup was later altered and it was disbanded in 1867.[6]


See also: Vilayet


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  2. ^ Sadık Müfit Bilge, "Macaristan'da Osmanlı Hakimiyetinin ve İdari Teşkilatının Kuruluşu ve Gelişmesi", Ankara Üniversitesi Osmanlı Tarihi Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi dergisi, Sayı 11, Ankara Üniversitesi Basımevi, 2000, p. 68. (Turkish)
  3. ^ Hakan Özoğlu, Osmanlı devleti ve Kürt milliyetçiliği, Kitap Yayinevi, 2005, ISBN 978-975-6051-02-3, p. 89. (Turkish)
  4. ^ System of universal geography founded on the works of Malte-Brun and Balbi — Open Library (p. 647)
  5. ^ Emir Bedirhan Lütfi Ahmad Ramiz bgst 2007 p. 113 (translation of Takvim-i Vekayi)
  6. ^ Hakan Özoğlu, Osmanlı devleti ve Kürt milliyetçiliği, Kitap Yayinevi, 2005, ISBN 978-975-6051-02-3, p. 86.
  7. ^ Grandits, Hannes; Nathalie Clayer; Robert Pichler (2010). Conflicting Loyalties in the Balkans The Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and Nation-building.. Gardners Books. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-84885-477-2. Retrieved 5 May 2011. In 1868 the vilayet of Prizren was created with the sancaks of Prizren, Dibra, Skopje and Niš; it only existed till 1877 
  8. ^ Akşin Somel, Selçuk (2001). The modernization of public education in the Ottoman Empire, 1839-1908. Netherlands: Brill. p. 234. ISBN 90-04-11903-5. Retrieved 2 August 2011. the vilayet of Prizren was founded in 1871 
  9. ^ Gail Warrander; Verena Knaus (2010). Kosovo. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-84162-331-3. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  10. ^ a b Europe by Éliseé Reclus, page 152
  11. ^ Stanford Jay Shaw; Ezel Kural Shaw (1977). History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. Cambridge University Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-521-29166-8. Retrieved 2013-06-04.