Jerusalem Sanjak

The Sanjak of Jerusalem was an Ottoman sanjak that formed part of the Damascus Eyalet for much of its existence.[1] It was created in the 16th century by the Ottoman Empire after it took over Palestine following the 1516–1517 Ottoman–Mamluk War.[2] It was detached from the Syrian eyalet and placed directly under the Ottoman central government in 1841,[3] and created as an independent province in 1872 as the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem.[4] It ceased to exist in 1917 during the Great War as a result of British progress on the Middle Eastern front,[5] when it became a British-administered occupied territory.[6]

1657 map showing the Gouvernement du Sangiac de Jerusalem, by Philippe de La Rue


  1. ^ Abu-Manneh (1999), pp. 36-37.
  2. ^ Beshara (2012), pp. 22.
  3. ^ Abu-Manneh (1999), p. 38.
  4. ^ Abu-Manneh (1999), p. 39.
  5. ^ Powles & Wilkie (1922), pp.167-168.
  6. ^ Macmunn & Falls, p. 607.


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