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Vilayet

 

(Turkish vilâyet), an administrative-territorial unit in Turkey. The division into vilayets was introduced in 1866 in accordance with an 1864 law. The vali is the head of the vilayet (also called il).

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Confessional Distribution in Ottoman Vilayets of Ioanina, Kosovo, Scutari, and Bitola, 1877-1908 (in percentage): Orthodox 27.
Wallach does not cite specific incidents supporting her claim that Bell was busily working at the drawing-board, mapping out three vilayets of Kurdish Mosul in the north, Shia Basra in the south and Sunni Baghdad in the centre that were so dear to Bell's vision of Iraq.
Meanwhile the League assigned to Britain the Turkish vilayets of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra as the Mesopotamia Mandate, and the vilayet of Palestine, or southern Syria, as the Palestine Mandate.
The British then took the three vilayets of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra to form what is today Iraq.
Iraq, after all, is an artificial state cobbled together by the British after World War I from the three former Ottoman vilayets of Mosul, Baghdad and Basra.