Odala

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Odala
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic اودلة
 • Also spelled Odala (official)
Udala (unofficial)
Odala in 2011
Odala in 2011
Odala is located in the Palestinian territories
Odala
Odala
Location of Odala within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°09′12″N 35°16′35″E / 32.15333°N 35.27639°E / 32.15333; 35.27639Coordinates: 32°09′12″N 35°16′35″E / 32.15333°N 35.27639°E / 32.15333; 35.27639
Palestine grid 176/173
Governorate Nablus
Government
 • Type Village council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,082
Name meaning from personal name[1]

Odala (Arabic: اودلة‎‎) is a Palestinian town in the Nablus Governorate in northern West Bank, located 10 kilometers South of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the town had a population of 1,082 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2]

History[edit]

Shards from Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Ayyubid and Mamluk eras have been found here.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

Shards from the early Ottoman era have been found here.[3] In 1596 the village appeared in Ottoman tax registers under the name of ‘’Udala’’, and as being in the nahiya of Jabal Qubal in the liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 18 households and 2 bachelors, all Muslim. They paid a fixed tax-rate of 33,3 % on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and beehives, in addition to occasional revenues and a press for olive oil or syrup; a total of 3,000 Akçe. One quarter of the revenue went to a Waqf.[4]

In 1838, Haudela was noted as a village in the District of El-Beitawy, east of Nablus.[5][6]

In 1870 Victor Guérin noted it as a village surrounded by olive and fig trees.[7]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Audelah as a small hamlet, on the low hills east of the Mukhnah plain.[8]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Audala had a population of 64 Muslims,[9] increasing in the 1931 census to 73 Muslim, in 17 houses.[10]

In 1945 Odala together with Awarta had a population of 1,470, all Muslims,[11] with 16,106 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[12] Of this, 30 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 9,406 used for cereals,[13] while 130 dunams were built-up land.[14]

Jordanian era[edit]

In the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and after the 1949 Armistice Agreements, Odala came under Jordanian rule.

1967-present[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Odala has been under Israeli occupation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 225
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Nablus Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. ^ a b Finkelstein et al., 1997, p. 699
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 134
  5. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Appendix 2, p. 128
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 94
  7. ^ Guérin, 1874, p. 461
  8. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 288
  9. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Nablus, p. 25
  10. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 66
  11. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 18
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 59
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 105
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 155

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