ar-Rihiya

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ar-Rihiya
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic ريحيا
ar-Rihiya is located in the Palestinian territories
ar-Rihiya
ar-Rihiya
Location of ar-Rihiya within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°28′46.45″N 35°03′52.93″E / 31.4795694°N 35.0647028°E / 31.4795694; 35.0647028Coordinates: 31°28′46.45″N 35°03′52.93″E / 31.4795694°N 35.0647028°E / 31.4795694; 35.0647028
Governorate Hebron
Government
 • Type Village Council
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 3,949
Name meaning Possibly "The coiled-up snake"[1]

ar-Rihiya (Arabic: ريحيا‎) is a Palestinian town located six kilometers southwest of Hebron.The town is in the Hebron Governorate Southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of over 3,949 in 2007.[2]

History[edit]

Ottoman era[edit]

French explorer Victor Guérin visited the place in 1863, which he called Khirbet el-Harayeh. Local fellahins inhabited ancient underground storage areas.[3]

In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described the place as being a "large ruin with caves and cisterns, appears to be an ancient site".[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, 'Al Rihiyeh had a population 231, all Muslims[5] This had increased slightly at the time of the 1931 census to 243 Muslims, in 38 houses.[6]

In 1945 the population of Ar-Rihiya was 330 Arabs, who owned 2,659 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[7] 136 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 1,093 for cereals,[8] while 25 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[9]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Palmer, 1881, p. 405, the name might also come from "A millstone", or "A plot of ground, about a mile square, above the water level".
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.119.
  3. ^ Guérin, 1869, pp. 211 -212
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 377
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Hebron, p. 10
  6. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 33
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 50
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 94
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 144

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