Rakka Eyalet

The eyalet of Rakka or Urfa[2] (Arabic: إيالة الرقة; Ottoman Turkish: ایالت رقه, romanized: Eyālet-i Raqqa)[3] was an eyalet of the Ottoman Empire. Its reported area in the 19th century was 24,062 square miles (62,320 km2).[2]

Arabic: إيالة الرقة
Ottoman Turkish: ایالت رقه
Eyalet-i Rakka
Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire
Rakka (Urfa) Eyalet, Ottoman Empire (1609) Kopie.png
The Rakka Eyalet in 1609
• Established
• Disestablished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Eyalet of Diyarbekir
Aleppo Vilayet
Today part ofSyria

The eyalet was created in 1586 on territory previously under the jurisdiction of Diyarbekir.[4] In the 16th century, the town of Raqqa again entered the historical record as an Ottoman customs post on the Euphrates. However, the capital of this eyalet and seat of the vali was not Raqqa but ar-Ruha about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Raqqa.[5]

Administrative divisionsEdit

Sanjaks of Rakka Eyalet in the 17th century:[6]

  1. Sanjak of Jemasa
  2. Sanjak of Kharpud (Harput)
  3. Sanjak of Deir Rahba
  4. Sanjak of Beni Rebia
  5. Sanjak of Saruj
  6. Sanjak of Harran
  7. Sanjak of Rika (Raqqa)
  8. Sanjak of Ana ve Hit (Anah & Hit in Al-Anbar)
  9. Sanjak of Roha or Urfa, the seat of the Pasha

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Commercial statistics: A digest of the productive resources, commercial... By John Macgregor, p. 12, at Google Books
  2. ^ a b The Popular encyclopedia: or, conversations lexicon, Volume 6, p. 698, at Google Books
  3. ^ "Some Provinces of the Ottoman Empire". Geonames.de. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  4. ^ The Shiites of Lebanon under Ottoman rule, 1516-1788, p. 38, at Google Books By Stefan Winter
  5. ^ Stefan Winter, "The Province of Raqqa under Ottoman Rule, 1535-1800" in Journal of Near Eastern Studies 68 (2009), 253-67.
  6. ^ Narrative of travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the ..., Volume 1, p. 90, at Google Books By Evliya Çelebi, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall