Sidon Eyalet revolt (1834)

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Sidon Eyalet Revolt
Part of the Syrian Peasant Revolt (1834–35)
DateMay–July 1834;

Revolt suppressed

  • Some rebel leaders executed
  • Egyptian rule reasserted
  • Conscription orders carried out

Flag of Egypt (1844-1867).svg Egypt Eyalet

Druze of Mount Lebanon
Commanders and leaders

Flag of Egypt (1844-1867).svg Muhammad Ali
Flag of Egypt (1844-1867).svg Ibrahim Pasha

Chehab Emirate flag.svg Bashir Shihab II

Mas'ud al-Madi   Skull and Crossbones.svg
Isa al-Madi  Skull and Crossbones.svg

Aqil Agha

Sidon Eyalet Revolt refers to events in Ottoman Syria during the Syrian Peasant Revolt (1834–35), when in parallel to the Peasant uprising in Palestine and Transjordan (south of the Damascus Eyalet), Galilee-based rebels captured Safad and Tiberias in the eastern Galilee. [1] The Hauran was also encompassed by the rebellion. In 1835, some Druze clans of Mount Lebanon rose in another revolt.

Ottoman Syria parts of modern-day Syria or Greater Syria which were subjected to Ottoman rule

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In parallel to the Peasant uprising in Palestine and Transjordan (south of the Damascus Eyalet), Galilee-based rebels captured Safad and Tiberias in the eastern Galilee. [1] The Hauran was also encompassed by the rebellion.

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