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An administrative division of Turkey.

[Turkish vilāyet, from Arabic wilāya, province, from waliya, to administer; see wly in Semitic roots.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a major administrative division of Turkey
[C19: from Turkish, from Arabic wilāyat, from walīy governor]
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They also quote the official Turkish statistics of 1905 compiled by Hilmi Pasha for the vilayets of Thessaloniki and Bitola which note that in these two vilayets there were 678,910 'Greeks' and 385,729 'Bulgarians'' (Vavouskos 1973:9).
The formation of Iraq: Iraq was formed in 1921 out of the two old Ottoman vilayets (provinces) of Basra and Baghdad.
Britain eventually stitched Iraq together out of three Ottoman vilayets - Mosul, Baghdad and Basra, laying the foundation for a century of instability and violence.
Exactly a century later, the regional and global implications of Syria render it as the world powers' high school reunion of the First World War After all, both Iraq and Syria are perhaps not significantly different, or worse off, in terms of state structures and intermediary institutions than how both states left of World War I as Ottoman vilayets (provinces).
The vilayets that comprise the Caucasus Emirate appear to be increasingly autonomous in nature.
Out of a thirst for vengeance, he allegedly wished to divert a significant portion of the funds the Kurds had raised from the building of schools to financing guerrilla bands in the vilayets of Erzurum and Van.
En sa qualite de minorite chretienne majoritaire dans les vilayets (provinces) orientaux d'Asie mineure, le peuple armenien doit egalement faire face a l'hostilite des tribus nomades kurdes.
It should probably include at least the Vilayets of Basra, Bagdad, and Mosul.
A definition of the territory of Macedonia for Greek propaganda meant in a majority of cases two Ottoman vilayets: Vilayet of Salonika (Salonica/ Thessaloniki) and Vilajet of Monastir (Bitolj/Bitola).
In those vilayets and regions where there are voynuks, voynuks [must gurad]; in the areas where there are no voynuks-musellems and people of [the local] sipahis [must be engaged].
Lewy's evidence tends to support the latter, but it also points out that the Turkish authorities were unable to ensure the safe relocation of the more than one million Armenians in the vilayets concerned, at a time when their writ barely extended beyond Constantinople and other main urban centers.