Map of Ottoman Levant (Land of Israel, Palestine)
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|The Ottoman empire did not recognize "Palestine" or "Syria" as separate unitary entities.
Rather, it arbitrary divided the lands of the Levant into Provinces, governorates districts (Sanjak) and sub-districts (Kaza).
This is one division, in effect for a few years between 1864 and 1871. Note that Jerusalem was a separate "Mutassariflik."
"Wilayah" is variously rendered as Vilayet, Elayet and Wilayet. It means, the area governed by a Wali or governor.
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