Bosnia Vilayet

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Bosnia Vilayet
Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire


Flag of Bosnia Vilayet


Location of Bosnia Vilayet
Bosnia Vilayet in the 1880s
Capital Sarajevo
 •  Established 1867
 •  Austro-Hungarian occupation 1878
 •  Annexation to Austria-Hungary 1908
 •  1871 46,000 km2 (17,761 sq mi)
 •  1871 1,232,000 
Density 26.8 /km2  (69.4 /sq mi)
Today part of  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sources for population;[1] area[2]

The Bosnia Vilayet was a first-level administrative division (vilayet) of the Ottoman Empire, mostly comprising the territory of the present-day state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It bordered Kosovo Vilayet to the south. Before the administrative reform in 1867, it was called the Bosnia Eyalet. In the late 19th century it reportedly had an area of 17,900 square miles (46,000 km2).[2]

It effectively ceased to exist as an Ottoman province after the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878, although it formally existed for thirty more years until 1908, despite being governed by Austria-Hungary. This excluded Old Herzegovina, which was ceded to the Principality of Montenegro in 1878. In 1908 Austria-Hungary formally annexed it into its own territory.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Sanjaks of the Vilayet:[3]

  1. Sanjak of Bosnia (Kazas of Visoka, Foyniça, Çayniça, Vişegrad, Çelebipazar and Kladine)
  2. Sanjak of Izvornik (Its center was Tuzla, kazas of Maglay, Gradçaniça, Gradaçaç, Breçka, Bjelina, İzvornik and Birçe)
  3. Sanjak of Banaluka (Kazas of Gradişka, Derbend and Teşene)
  4. Sanjak of Hersek (Its center was Mostar, kazas of Foça, Koniça, Dumna, Liyubuşka, İstolça, Trebin, Bileke, Nikşik and Gaçka)
  5. Sanjak of Travnik (Kazas of Yayçe, Akhisar, Glamoç and İhlivne)
  6. Sanjak of Bihke (Kazas of Klyuç, Novosel, Sazın, Krupa, Kostayniça and Priyedor)

See also[edit]


  • Markus Koller and Kemal H. Karpat, Ottoman Bosnia: A History in Peril, University of Wisconsin Press (2004) ISBN 0-299-20714-5
  • Matija Mazuranic, A Glance into Ottoman Bosnia, Saqi Books (2007)

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