|Name meaning||probably meaning "a top"|
Nuba (Arabic: نوبا) is a Palestinian village located eleven kilometers north-west of Hebron.The village is in the Hebron Governorate Southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the village had a population of 4,336 in 2007.
The village is mentioned in a late 14th-century document of the Mamluk Sultanate who ruled Palestine from Cairo where three villagers are named as "ar'ru'asā ["the leaders"] in the village of Nūbā".
Nuba, like the rest of Palestine, was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517, and in the census of 1596, the village appeared in the tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Halil of the Liwa of Quds. It had a population of 82 Muslim households and paid taxes on wheat, barley, vineyards and fruit trees, occasional revenues, goats and/or beehives.
An Ottoman village list of about 1870 showed that Nuba had 52 houses and a population of 200, though the population count included men only.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Nuba' had a population 357, all Muslims. This had increased at the time of the 1931 census to 611 Muslims, in 140 houses.
In 1945 the population of Nuba was 760, all Muslims, who owned 22,836 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey. 403 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 10,116 for cereals, while 33 dunams were built-up (urban) land.
- Palmer, 1881, p. 405
- 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p. 118.
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- Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Hebron, p. 10. But see talk.
- Mills, 1932, p. 33
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 23
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 50
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 93
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