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The Mosul Vilayet[1] (Ottoman Turkish: ولايت موصل, Vilâyet-i Musul‎) was a first-level administrative division (vilayet) of the Ottoman Empire. It was created from the northern sanjaks of the Baghdad Vilayet in 1878.[3]

ولايت موصل
Vilâyet-i Musul
Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire


Location of Mosul Vilayet
Mosul Vilayet in 1892
Capital Mosul[1]
 •  Established 1878
 •  Armistice of Mudros 1918
 •  1897[2] 475,415 
Today part of  Iraq

At the beginning of the 20th century it reportedly had an area of 29,220 square miles (75,700 km2), while the preliminary results of the first Ottoman census of 1885 (published in 1908) gave the population as 300,280.[4] The accuracy of the population figures ranges from "approximate" to "merely conjectural" depending on the region from which they were gathered.[4]

The region was allocated to France in the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement of the First World War, and subsequently transferred to British mandate following the 1918 Clemenceau–Lloyd George Agreement.


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  1. ^ a b Geographical Dictionary of the World. Concept Publishing Company. p. 1230. ISBN 978-81-7268-012-1. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  2. ^ Mutlu, Servet. "Late Ottoman population and its ethnic distribution" (PDF). pp. 29–31. Corrected population for Mortality Level=8.
  3. ^   Peters, John Punnett (1911). "Bagdad" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 193.
  4. ^ a b Asia by A. H. Keane, page 460
  5. ^ Musul Vilayeti | Tarih ve Medeniyet

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