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Sanjak of Ioannina

Sanjak of Janina
Sanjak of the Ottoman Empire


Location of Sanjak of Janina
Sanjak of Ioannina, Ottoman Balkans (late 19th century)
Capital Ioannina
 -  Ottoman conquest of Ioannina 1430
 -  First Balkan War 1913
Today part of  Albania

The Sanjak of Ioannina (variously also Janina or Yanina, Turkish: Yanya Sancağı) was one of the sanjaks of the Ottoman Empire whose capital was Ioannina in Epirus.


  • Administration 1
  • Demography 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4


Sanjak of Ioannina consisted of the following kazas: Janina central kaza, Aydonat (modern-day Paramythia in Greece), Filat (modern-day Filiates in Greece), Megva (modern-day Metsovo), Leshovik (modern-day Leskovik in Albania), Konice (modern-day Konitsa), Pogon (modern-day Pogon/Pogoni on the present Greek-Albanian border), Permedi (modern-day Përmet in Albania).[1][2]

In period 1430—1670 the sanjak of Janina was part of Rumelia Eyalet.[3] In period 1670–1787 the Sanjak of Ioannina was part of the Ioannina Eyalet. In 1788 Ali Pasha gained control of the Sanjak of Ioannina and merged it with Sanjak of Trikala into Pashalik of Yanina.[4] Ali Pasha was killed in 1822. In 1834 Mahmood Hamdi pasha was appointed to govern the Sanjak of Delvina, Ioannina and Avlona.[5] In 1867 the Sanjak of Ioannina was merged with Berat, Gjirokastër, Preveza and Kastoria into Janina Vilayet. Kesriye was later demoted to kaza and bounded to Monastir Vilayet.

Ottoman Greece with the Sanjak of Ioannina in the early 19th century.

During the reign of Bayazid II (1481–1512) the sanjakbey of Sanjak of Ioannina was Dâvud Paşa-zâde Mustafa Bey.[6]

At the elections of 1908 the region elected two representatives for the Ottoman government, both of them Greeks.[7]

After the Balkan Wars and subsequent London peace conference in 1913 this sanjak was disestablished while its territory became a part of the Kingdom of Greece.


In period 1520—1538, according to the Ottoman census, the Sanjak of Ioannina was populated with 32,097 Christian families and 613 Moslem families.[8]


  1. ^ H. Karpat, Kemal (1985). Ottoman population, 1830-1914: demographic and social characteristics. p. 146. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Motika, Raoul (1995). Türkische Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (1071-1920). p. 297. Retrieved 22 September 2011. Sancaks Yanya (Kazas: Yanya, Aydonat (Paramythia), Filat (Philiates), Meçova (Metsovo), Leskovik (war kurzzeitig Sancak) und Koniçe (Konitsa) 
  3. ^ Haim, Abraham (1991). חברה וקהילה. p. 31. Retrieved 22 September 2011. large districts and sanjaks in Rumeli: Jannina Naupaktos Egripoz (Euboea) Sanjak of Jannina ... 
  4. ^ The biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Volume 2, Issue 1. UK. 1843. p. 141. Retrieved 22 September 2011. To revard his services he was appointed Pasha of Trikala...At the close of the year 1788 he succeed in obtaining the Sanjak of Janina 
  5. ^ sir Grenville Temple Temple (10th bart.) (1836). Excursions in the Mediterranean. p. 277. Retrieved 23 July 2013. Mahmood Hamdi pasha confirmed to the sanjaks of Yanina, Delvina, and Avlonia 
  6. ^ Prilozi za Orijentalnu Filologiju. 1962. p. 339. Retrieved 20 September 2011. Poznato nam je da je u doba Bajazita II njen sandžak-beg bio Davudpašazade Mustafa-beg 
  7. ^ Öztürk, Kâzım (1997). Türk parlamento tarihi : TBMM - III. dönem, 1927 - 1931. Ankara: Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Vakfı.  
  8. ^ A. Mikropoulos, Tassos (2008). Elevating and Safeguarding Culture Using Tools of the Information Society. Ioannina: University of Ioannina. p. 310.  

Further reading

  • I.F. Jukić Banjalučanin, ed. (1861), "Epir (Janje Elajet.)", Bosanski prijatelj (in Croatian), Zagreb, Austria Hungary: Matica Ilirska 

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