|• Hebrew||חֻרְפֵישׁ, חורפיש|
|• ISO 259||Ḥurp̄eiš|
|• Type||Local council (from 1967)|
|• Total||4,229 dunams (4.229 km2 or 1.633 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||possibly from "snake"|
In the Crusader era, Hurfeish was known as Horfeis, Hourfex, Orpheis, or Orfeis. In 1183 it was part of an estate sold from Geoffrey le Tor to Count Jocelyn III. In 1220 Jocelyn III´s daughter Beatrix de Courtenay and her husband Otto von Botenlauben, Count of Henneberg, sold the estate to the Teutonic Knights. It was listed as still belonging to the Teutonic Knights in 1226.
In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Hurfeish as "a village, built of stone, containing about 150 Christians, situated on a low ridge, with figs, olives, and arable land. There are few wells in the village, and four good springs on the south side."
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Hurfaish had a total population of 412; 26 Christian and 386 Druze, increasing in the 1931 census to 527; 18 Muslims, 35 Christians and 474 Druze, living in total of 110 houses.
In 1945, it had a population of 830, all classified as Arabs, with a total of 16,904 dunums of land. Of this, 1,039 was plantations and irrigable land, 2,199 was allocated to cereal, while 91 dunams were classified as built-up (urban) land.
1948, and aftermath
Hurfeish was declared a local council in 1967. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) it had a total population of 5,200 in 2006, with a growth rate of 1.9%. The majority of residents are Druze, with a small number of Christians and Muslims. A large percentage of the population are police and army officers, serving with the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces.[better source needed]
According to the tradition, Sabalan, a Druze prophet, often identified with the Biblical Zebulon, escaped to cave after he failed to convert Hebron residents to the new religion, then he continued to teach the religion and also built by himself a room over the site of the cave. it is located in Hurfeish, on the top of Mount Zvul.[better source needed]
- Palmer, 1881, p. 72
- Zev Vilnay (1964). The guide to Israel. Ahiever. p. 501.
- Pringle, 2009, p. 241
- Strehlke, 1869, pp. 15-16, No. 16; cited in Röhricht, 1893, RRH, p. 165, No. 624; cited in Pringle, 2009, p. 241
- Strehlke, 1869, pp. 43-44, No. 53; Cited in Röhricht, 1893, RRH, p. 248, No. 934; Cited in Pringle, 2009, p. 241
- Strehlke, 1869, pp. 47-48, No. 58; Cited in Pringle, 2009, p. 241
- Guérin, 1880, pp. 73-74
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 198
- Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Safad, p. 41
- Mills, 1932, p. 107
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 69
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 119
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 169
- Morris, 1987, pp. 242, 251, 349
- Hurfeish-Nabi Salaban
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- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology 1. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
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- Pringle, Denys (2009). The Churches of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: The cities of Acre and Tyre with Addenda and Corrigenda to Volumes I-III IV. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-85148-0.
- Röhricht, Reinhold (1893). (RRH) Regesta regni Hierosolymitani (MXCVII-MCCXCI) (in Latin). Berlin: Libraria Academica Wageriana.
- Strehlke, Ernst, ed. (1869). Tabulae Ordinis Theutonici ex tabularii regii Berolinensis codice potissimum. Berlin: Weidmanns.
- From Brazil to Hurfeish: Meet the First Ever Druze Lone Soldier
- Welcome To Hurfeich
- SWP map IV, IAA
- SWP map 4, Wikimedia commons