Zor Sanjak

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Zor Sanjak
Deyr-i-Zor sancağı
Sanjak of the Ottoman Empire

Location of Zor Sanjak
Zor Sanjak in 1900
Capital Deir Ez-Zor
 •  Established 1857
 •  Disestablished 1917
 •  1900s[1] 100,000 km2 (38,610 sq mi)
 •  1900s[1] 100,000 
Density 1 /km2  (2.6 /sq mi)
Today part of  Syria,  Turkey

The Sanjak of Zor[2] (Turkish: Zor Sancak) was a sanjak of the Ottoman Empire. Some of its area was separated from the Baghdad Vilayet, when it was created in 1857.[2] Zor was sometimes mentioned as being part of the Aleppo Vilayet,[3][4] or of the Syria Vilayet.[5]

The capital was Deir Ez-Zor, a town on the right bank of the Euphrates, which was also the only considerable town of the sanjak.[1] At the beginning of the 20th century, the sanjak had an area of 38,600 square miles (100,000 km2),[6] and an estimated population of 100,000, mostly Arab nomads.[1] The capital itself was just a village before becoming the centre of the sanjak.[1]

Administrative divisions

Kazas of the Sanjak:[7]

  1. Kaza of Deyr
  2. Kaza of Resü'l Ayn
  3. Kaza of Asare
  4. Kaza of Ebukemal


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Public Domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Deir". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Public Domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bagdad, Turkey (Vilayet)". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  3. Pavet de Courteille, Abel (1876). État présent de l'empire ottoman (in French). J. Dumaine. pp. 91–96. 
  4. Studies on Ottoman Social and Political History: Selected Articles and Essays, p. 647. Kemal H. Karpat, BRILL, 2002
    ″The Vilayet of Halap (Aleppo) comprised Maraş, Urfa and Zor. In 1899, a fourth sanjak, that of Antioch was formed ...″
  5. Geographical Dictionary of the World in the early 20th Century. Logos Press, New Delhi, 1906. ISBN 8172680120
  6. Asia by A. H. Keane, page 460
  7. Zor Mutasarrıflığı | Tarih ve Medeniyet