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Janina Vilayet

ولايت يانیه
Vilâyet-i Yanya
Vilayet of Ottoman Empire


Location of Janina Vilayet
Janina Vilayet in 1900
Capital Yanya (Ioannina)
 •  Established 1867
 •  Treaty of London 30 May 1913
 •  1897[1] 595,108 
 •  1911[2] 560,835 
Today part of  Albania

The Vilayet of Janina, Yanya or Ioannina (Ottoman Turkish: ولايت يانیه, Vilâyet-i Yanya‎)[3] was a first-level administrative division (vilayet) of the Ottoman Empire, established in 1867.[4] In the late 19th century it reportedly had an area of 18,320 square miles (47,400 km2).[5] It was created by merging Pashalik of Yanina and Pashalik of Berat with sanjaks of Janina, Berat, Ergiri, Preveze, Tırhala and Kesriye. Kesriye was later demoted to kaza and bounded to Monastir Vilayet and Tırhala was given to Greece in 1881.


  • History 1
    • Greek National Movement in Epirus 1.1
    • Albanian National Awakening 1.2
    • End of Ottoman rule 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Administrative divisions 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Greek National Movement in Epirus

Although part of the local population contributed greatly to the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830) the region of Epirus did not became part of the Greek state that time. In 1878 a rebellion broke out, with the revolutionaries, mostly Epirotes, taking control of Sarandë and Delvinë. However, it was suppressed by the Ottoman troops, who burned 20 villages of the region.[6]

In the following year, the Greek population of Ioannina region authorized a committee in order to present to the European governments their wish for union with Greece.[7]

In 1906 the organization Epirote Society was founded by members of the Epirote diaspora, Panagiotis Danglis and Spyros Spyromilios, that aimed at the annexation of the region to Greece[8] by supplying local Greeks with firearms.[9]

Albanian National Awakening

The 4 Ottoman vilayets (Kosovo, Scutari, Monastir and Ioannina), proposed to form the Albanian Vilayet.

Janina vilayet was one of the main centers of the cultural and political life of Albanians who lived in Janina Vilayet and Monastir Vilayet.[10] One of the most important reasons was the influence by Greek education and culture south-Albanian writers received in the famous Greek school of Ioannina, the Zosimaia.[10] Abdyl Frashëri, the first political ideologue of the Albanian National Awakening[11] was one of the six deputies from Janina Vilayet in the first Ottoman Parliament in 1876—1877.[12] Abdyl Frashëri, from Frashër, modern Albania, together with Mehmet Ali Vrioni from Berat (also in modern Albania), and some members of Ioannina's Albanian community, founded the Albanian Committee of Janina in May 1877.[10] Frashëri fought against decisions of the Treaty of San Stefano.[10] However, the League of Prizren, was primarily Muslim Albanian, while the local Orthodox Christians felt more sympathy to the Greek cause.[13][14]

End of Ottoman rule

During the Albanian Revolt of 1912 Janina Vilayet was proposed as one of four vilayets consisting Albanian Vilayet. The Ottoman government ended the Albanian revolts by accepting almost all demands of Albanian rebels on September 4, 1912, which included the formation of the Vilayet later in 1912.[15]

Following the First Balkan War of 1912–1913 and the Treaty of London the southern part of the Vilayet, including Ioannina, was incorporated into Greece.[16] Greece had also seized northern Epirus during the Balkan Wars, but the Treaty of Bucharest, which concluded the Second Balkan War, assigned Northern Epirus to Albania.[17]


There have been a number of estimates about the ethnicity and the religious affiliation of the local population. The Ottoman Empire classified and counted its citizens according to religion and not ethnicity, which led to inefficient censuses and lack of classification of populations according to their ethnic groups.[18][19][20][21][22] The vilayet was predominantly inhabited by Albanians and Greeks, while the major religions were Islam and Christian Orthodoxy.[23][24][25] The vilayet was heavily Greek, especially the part that would be later incorporated to Greece.[26] [27]

According to Aram Andonyan and Zavren Biberyan in 1908 of a total population of 648,000, 315,000 inhabitants were Albanians, most of which were Muslims and Orthodox, although some were adherents of Roman Catholicism.[28] Aromanians and Greeks were about 180,000 and 110,000 respectively.[28] Smaller communities included Bulgarians, Turks Romanis and Jews.[28]

According Michail Sakellariou of a total population of 550,000 the Greeks were the most numerous at 300,000, Albanians second at 210,000, and there were also 25,000 Aromanians and 3,000 Jews. The sanjaks of Janina, Preveza and Gjirokastër were predominantly Greek, the sanjak of Igoumenitsa (then Gümeniçe, Reşadiye between 1909-1913 due to honour of Mehmet V, Ottoman Sultan) had a slight majority of Greeks, and that of Berat north was predominantly Albanian.[29][30] According to Sakellariou, the official Ottoman statistics in the Vilayet of Janina had the tendency to favor the Albanian element at the expense of the Greek one.[30]

According to Sir Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb in 1895 there were c.224,000 Muslims. The Orthodox population included c.118,000 Greeks and c.129,500 Albanians, and the Jewish population amounted to 3,500 people.[31] According to Zafer Golen 2/3 of the population were Albanian Muslims,[32] while according to Dimitrios Chasiotis c.419,500 of the total population were Greeks.[33]
Ottoman Official statistic of 1893 & 1911
Group 1893[34] 1911[2]
Greeks 286,304 311,032
Muslims 225,415 244,638
Jews 3,677 3,990
Catholics 83 -
Other 997 1,175
Total 516,476 560,835
Non-official estimates of Yanya Vilayet[28][29][33]
Ethnicity Number
Greeks 110,000-419,403
Albanians 210,000-315,000
Aromanians 25,000-180,000
Turks 10,000-20,000
Bulgarians 20,000
Romani 7,000
Jews 3,000-6,000
Total 558,000-648,000

Administrative divisions

Sanjaks of the Vilayet:[35]

  1. Sanjak of Ioannina (Ioannina, Paramythia, Filiates, Metsovo, Leskovik, Konitsa)
  2. Sanjak of Ergiri (Gjirokastër, Delvinë, Sarandë, Përmet, Frashër, Tepelenë, Kurvelesh, Himarë)
  3. Sanjak of Preveze (Preveza, Louros, Margariti)
  4. Sanjak of Berat (Berat, Vlorë, Leshnjë, Fier)

See also


  1. ^ Corrected population for Mortality Level=8.
  2. ^ a b Teaching Modern Southeast European History. Alternative Educational Materials, p. 26
  3. ^ Salname-yi Vilâyet-i Yanya ("Yearbook of the Vilayet of Janina"), Vilâyet matbaası, Yanya [Greece], 1288 [1871]. in the website of Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  4. ^ Rumelia at Encyclopædia Britannica
  5. ^ Europe by Éliseé Reclus, page 152
  6. ^ M. V. Sakellariou. Epirus, 4000 years of Greek history and civilization. Ekdotike Athenon. ISBN 978-960-213-371-2, p. 292.
  7. ^ Sakellariou M. V.. Epirus, 4000 years of Greek history and civilization. Ekdotikē Athēnōn, 1997, ISBN 978-960-213-371-2, p. 293
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  10. ^ a b c d
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  14. ^ Γιάννης Χατζής. Η Αλβανική Εθνική Κίνηση και η Προοπτική μιας Ελληνοαλβανικής Προσσέγγισης. p. 67
  15. ^
  16. ^ Clogg 2002, p. 105: "In February 1913 the Greek Army seized Ioannina, the capital of Epirus. The Turks recognized the gains of the Balkan allies by the Treaty of London, in May 1913."
  17. ^ Clogg 2002, p. 105: "The Second Balkan War had short duration and the Bulgarians... to an independent Albania."
  18. ^ classified Turkish Foreign Policy, 1774-2000 William M. Hale
  19. ^ Transactions of the Royal Historical Society Royal Historical Society
  20. ^ Sarajevo:A Bosnian Kaleidoscope, Fran Markowitz
  21. ^ Region, Regional Identity and Regionalism in Southeastern Europe, Klaus Roth
  22. ^ The Arab world, Turkey, and the Balkans (1878-1914): a handbook of historical statistics Justin McCarthy
  23. ^ Justin McCarthy. Death and exile: the ethnic cleansing of Ottoman Muslims, 1821-1922. Darwin Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-87850-094-9, p. 162
  24. ^ Stephanie Schwanders-Sievers,Bernd Jürgen Fischer. Albanian identities: myth and history. Indiana University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-253-34189-1, p. 57.
  25. ^ The revolution of 1908 in Turkey, Aykut Kansu
  26. ^ Justin McCarthy. and exile: the ethnic cleansing of Ottoman Muslims, 1821-1922. Darwin Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-87850-094-9, p. 162
  27. ^ Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers,Bernd Jürgen Fischer. myth and history. Indiana University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-253-34189-1, p. 57.
  28. ^ a b c d
  29. ^ a b
  30. ^ a b
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  33. ^ a b M. V. Sakellariou. Epirus, 4000 years of Greek history and civilization. Ekdotikē Athēnōn, 1997, ISBN 9789602133712, p. 356
  34. ^ Kemal H. Karpat. Ottoman Population Records and the Census of 1881/82-1893 Int. J. Middle East Stud. 9 (1978), 237-274, p. 37
  35. ^ Yanya Vilayeti | Tarih ve Medeniyet

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