Mosul Eyalet

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Eyālet-i Mūṣul
Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire

Location of Mosul Eyalet
Mosul Eyalet in 1609
Capital Mosul[1]
 •  Established 1535
 •  Disestablished 1864
Today part of  Iraq

Mosul Eyalet (Ottoman Turkish: ایالت موصل; Eyālet-i Mūṣul‎)[2] was an eyalet of the Ottoman Empire. Its reported area in the 19th century was 7,832 square miles (20,280 km2).[3] The eyalet was largely inhabited by Kurds.[4]


Sultan Selim I defeated the army of Shah Ismail at the Battle of Çaldiran, but it wasn't until 1517 that Ottoman armies gained control of Mosul, which remained a frontier garrison city until the 1534 capture of Baghdad.[5] The eyalet was established in 1535.[6] Mosul then became one of three Ottoman administrative territorial units of ‘Irāk.[7]

Administrative divisions

Sanjaks of Mosul Eyalet in the 17th century:[8]

  1. Sanjak of Bajwanli
  2. Sanjak of Tekrit
  3. Sanjak of Eski Mosul (Nineveh)
  4. Sanjak of Harú

See also


  1. Macgregor, John (1850). Commercial statistics: A digest of the productive resources, commercial legislation, customs tariffs, of all nations. Whittaker and co. p. 12. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  2. "Some Provinces of the Ottoman Empire". Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. The Popular encyclopedia: or, conversations lexicon. 6. Blackie. 1862. p. 698. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. "British Relations with Iraq". BBC History. 
  5. Agoston, Gabor; Masters, Bruce Alan (2009). Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. Infobase Publishing. p. 394. ISBN 978-1-4381-1025-7. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  6. Hakan Özoğlu (2005). Osmanlı devleti ve Kürt milliyetçiliği. Kitap Yayinevi Ltd. p. 77. ISBN 978-975-6051-02-3. Retrieved 2013-06-26. I. Süleyman 1566 yılında öldüğünde kısmen ya da tamamen Kürt bölgelerinden oluşturulan yeni eyaletler şunlardı: Dulkadir (1522), Erzurum (1533), Musul (1535), Bağdat (1535), Van (1548) ve Şehrizor (1554... 
  7. Nagendra Kr Singh (1 September 2002). International encyclopaedia of Islamic dynasties. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. pp. 15–18. ISBN 978-81-261-0403-1. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  8. Evliya Çelebi; Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall (1834). Narrative of Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Seventeenth Century. 1. Oriental Translation Fund. p. 97. Retrieved 2013-07-04.