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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]

Mosul Eyalet
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



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 divisionsEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ Özoğlu, Hakan (2004). Kurdish Notables and the Ottoman State. SUNY series in Middle Eastern studies. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. 57. the new eyalets, formed partly or entirely from the Kurdish territories, were as follows: Dulkadir (1522), Erzurum (1533), Mosul (1535), Baghdad (1535), Van (1548)...
  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.

Coordinates: 36°20′24″N 43°07′48″E / 36.3400°N 43.1300°E / 36.3400; 43.1300