|• Hebrew||טורעאן, תֻּרְעָן|
|• ISO 259||Ṭurˁan, Turˁan|
|• Type||Local council (from 1959)|
|• Total||13,100 dunams (13.1 km2 or 5.1 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Possibly from "an outlet of water", Syriac form|
Tur'an (Arabic: طرعان, Hebrew: תֻּרְעָן) is an Israeli-Arab local council in the North District of Israel. It is located on Mount Tur'an near the main road from Haifa to Tiberias, and about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Nazareth. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, Tur'an had a population of 11,100 mostly Muslim inhabitants in 2005.
The village was known in the Roman and Byzantine periods (Mishnaic and Talmudic times, respectively) as Tir'an. It was a Jewish village whose inhabitants probably converted to Islam by the end of the early Islamic Arab period (7th-10th centuries) in Palestine.
In 1517, Tur'an was with the rest of Palestine incorporated into the Ottoman Empire after it was captured from the Mamluks, and by 1596, it appeared in the Ottoman tax registers as being in the nahiya of Tabariyya in the liwa of Safad. It had a population of 48 households, all Muslim. The villagers paid taxes on wheat, barley, olive trees, fruit trees, goats and/or beehives.
The French explorer Victor Guérin visited Tur'an in 1870, and estimated it had 350 Muslims and 200 "Greeks". In 1881, the Survey of Western Palestine described it as "A stone village, partly built of basalt, containing about 300 inhabitants, half Christian, half Moslem.[..] The village is situated al the foot of the hills, and is surrounded by groves of olives. There is a good spring to the north-west."
In a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Tur'an had a population of 768; 542 Muslims and 226 Christians. The population had increased in the 1931 census to 961; 693 Muslims and 268 Christians, in a total of 188 occupied houses.
In 1945 the population was 1,350, all Arabs, with 29,743 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 1,153 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 11,909 for cereals, while 34 dunams were built-up land.
On 18 July 1948 the Israeli captured Tur'an during the second part of Operation Dekel. The houses of those villagers who had fled were later used to house Arab refugees from neighbouring villages. The village remained under Martial Law until 1966.
- ICBS Census 2005
- Palmer, 1881, pp. 123, 136
- Tur'an (Israel)
- "Tur'an" in Mapa - Israel's Geography Site
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, p. 418
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 188.
- Guérin, 1880, p. 182-183
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, p. 363-364
- J. B. Barron, ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine. Table XI, Sub-district of Nazareth, p. 38.
- Mills, 1932, p. 76
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 63
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 110
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 160
- Morris, Benny (1987) The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-33028-9. pp.200,253.
- O'Ballance, Edgar (1956) The Arab-Israeli War. 1948. Faber & Faber, London. p.160.
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- Hadawi, Sami (1970), Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center p.63
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- Palmer, E. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.