Definition of sanjak in English:



  • (in the Ottoman Empire) one of the several administrative districts into which a larger district (vilayet) was divided.

    • ‘This arrangement would have safeguarded the Arab peoples already living in the neglected Ottoman sanjaks that were arbitrarily glued together to form the Palestine Mandate, an entity even more artificial than Iraq.’
    • ‘Also recall that the special district of Kudus is sometimes listed as a sanjak or as a province.’
    • ‘Most Arabs regarded Palestine as part of the sanjak of southern Syria at least into the 1920's, when King Faisal of Syria was deposed, twenty years after the First Zionist Congress of Theodor Herzl.’


From Turkish sancak, literally ‘banner’.