|• Latin||al-Dhahiriya (official)|
|State||State of Palestine|
|Name meaning||"The village on the ridge"|
ad-Dhahiriya (also az-Zahiriya) (Arabic: الظاهرية) is a Palestinian city in the Hebron Governorate, 23 km southwest of the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, ad-Dhahiriya had a population of 38.002 in 2016.
According to Conder and Kitchener Ad-Dhahiriya was probably the site of the ancient biblical town of Debir. They found the village undermined by caves. In the centre of Ad-Dhahiriya was a tower, which appeared to be from before the Crusader era, possibly from early Christian or Roman period.
In the various Ottoman census in the sixteenth century, Darusiyya was noted as located in the nahiya of Halil. In the 932 AH /1525-1526 CE census, the villagers also cultivated the fields at Bayt Hawran. In 961/1553-1554, it was reported as derelict, while in 970/1562-1563 and 1005/1596-1597, it was reported as a village.
In 1838, Edward Robinson noted edh-Dhoheriyeh as a Muslim village, located southwest of el-Khulil. Robinson further remarked: "A castle or fortress apparently once stood here; the remains of a square tower are still to be seen, now used as a dwelling; and the door-ways of many hovels are of hewn stone with arches. It would seem to have been one of the line of small fortresses, which apparently once existed all along the southern border of Palestine. The village contains, according to the government census, one hundred full-grown men; of whom thirty-eight had been taken at three separate times for the Egyptian army. Though half in ruins, it is yet rich in flocks and herds, and has at least hundred camels. The inhabitants are Hudhr, or townsmen; and belonging to the party called Keis. Most of the villagers in this quarter are of this party; as well as some of the Bedawin."
In 1856, a Scottish clergyman, Horatius Bonar described the village and its ruined castle: "Suddenly, at an abrupt elbow of the ravine, we are relieved by seeing the old castle, perched on its rocky height well in the setting sun; the poor village, which seems to hang about it, with its square yellow huts, rather helps, at this distance, to improve its appearance, and to give dignity to its towers and broken ramparts. From this point it looks much bolder and substantial than it is; not so isolated as El-Aujeh, which we passed some days ago, but well-set upon yon craggy perch. Like most of its fellow castles in the east and border “peels” in the north, it has seen better days, and has at one time, been a noble stronghold for Romans, or Crusaders, or Turks…"
In 1863 Victor Guérin visited the place, and found that many of the men had fled, mostly further south in tents, in order to avoid conscription. He noted one building, measuring sixteen steps on each side which was built in beautiful stone. It contained several vaulted chambers, and was the home of one of the sheikhs of the village. Several other private houses were also built with fine materials, from old buildings; some even seemed to date, either entirely or only in their lower courses from the Roman period.
According to the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine, the village had a population of 300-400 in 1874. In 1877, it was deserted due to "encroachment of the Arabs into the country of the fellahin".
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Ad-Dhahiriya (called: AI Dahriyeh) had an entirely Muslim population of 2,266 inhabitants, increasing in the 1931 census to 2,930, still all Muslim, in 603 houses.
In the 1945 statistics the population of Ad-Dhahiriya was 3,760, all Muslims, who owned 60,585 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey. 166 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 54,205 for cereals, while 284 dunams were built-up (urban) land.
The Jordanian census of 1961 found 4,199 inhabitants in Ad-Dhahiriya.
In 1996, the Palestinian Authority appointed a municipal council. In 2004, a 13-member council was elected with paid employees.
The primary health care facilities for the municipality are designated by the Ministry of Health as level 3.
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the entrance to the village was closed by an IDF earth mound on 14 April 2005, forcing all Palestinians in the area to travel via Dura.[needs update]
- Palmer, 1881, p. 429
- 'Localities in Hebron Governorate by Type of Locality and Population Estimates, 2007-2016 ,' Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2016.
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 402
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, pp. 406-408
- Pringle, 1997, p. 47
- Toledano, 1984, p. 302, has Darusiyya at location 31°39′25″N, 34°55′45″E
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Appendix 2, p. 116
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 5
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 1, pp. 311-312
- Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 2, p. 194
- Bonar, 1858, p. 32
- Guérin, 1869, pp. 361, 367-368
- Socin, 1879, p. 163
- Hartmann, 1883, p. 142 noted 62 houses
- Barron, 1923, Table V, p. 10
- Mills, 1932, p. 28.
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 23
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- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 93
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- Government of Jordan, Department of Statistics, 1964, p. 13
- Perlmann, Joel (November 2011 – February 2012). "The 1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Digitized Version" (PDF). Levy Economics Institute. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
- The priorities and needs for development in Adh Dhahiriya town based on the community and local authorities’ assessment
- "Health Care Centers in the West Bank February 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2006.
- OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes[permanent dead link] Update for oPt (13–19 April 2005)
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- Guérin, V. (1869). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 1: Judee, pt. 3. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
- Hadawi, S. (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center. Archived from the original on 8 December 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
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- Pringle, Denys (1997). Secular buildings in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: an archaeological Gazetter. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521 46010 7.
- Rajab, J. (1989). Palestinian Costume. Indiana University. ISBN 0-7141-2517-2. (contains several striking costumes from Ad-Dhahiriya reproduced from the Rajab Collection, Kuwait.)
- Robinson, E.; Smith, E. (1841). Biblical Researches in Palestine, Mount Sinai and Arabia Petraea: A Journal of Travels in the year 1838. 1. Boston: Crocker & Brewster.
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- Socin, A. (1879). "Alphabetisches Verzeichniss von Ortschaften des Paschalik Jerusalem". Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. 2: 135–163.
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- Welcome To The City of al-Dhahiriya
- Al Dahriya, Welcome to Palestine
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 25: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Adh Dhahiriya Town (Fact Sheet), Applied Research Institute–Jerusalem (ARIJ)
- Dhahiriya Town Profile, ARIJ
- Dhahiriya aerial photo, ARIJ
- The priorities and needs for development in Adh Dhahiriya town based on the community and local authorities’ assessment, ARIJ