|• Also spelled||Khirbet Rabud (official)|
|• Type||Village council (from 1993)|
|• Head of Municipality||Muhammad Huraibat|
|• Jurisdiction||2,200 dunams (2.2 km2 or 0.8 sq mi)|
Part of the Hebron Governorate, it is located 13 kilometers southwest of Hebron and about 5 km northwest of as-Samu. Rabud had a population of 2,262 in the 2007 census by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The principal families are the Huraibat, Quteinah, al-Uqela and Shanan.
According to research by the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem, Rabud's history dates back to the Canaanite period in Palestine, but that the modern inhabitants of the village migrated from the Arabian Peninsula.
In 1863, Victor Guérin found here "caves and cisterns dug into the rock, ...small demolished houses and, on the highest point, the remains of a roughly built tower". North and south-east of this place were two pierced walls, with many caves. Guérin named them Heurkan Beni Hasan.
The 1931 census of Palestine wrote that "the village in the Hebron sub-district commonly known as Dura is a congeries of neighbouring localities each of which has a distinctive name; and, while Dura is a remarkable example of neighbourly agglutination, the phenomenon is not infrequent in other villages". The total of 70 locations, among them Kh. Rabud, listed in the report had 1538 occupied houses and a population of 7255 Muslims.
A village council was established by the Palestinian National Authority in 1993 to administer Rabud's civil affairs and provide limited municipal services. There is currently one mosque, Salah ad-Din Mosque, which serves the village.
- Rabud Profile. Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC).
- Palmer, 1881, p 401
- 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).
- Rabud Village Profile. Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ). 2009.
- Guérin, 1869, p. 370
- Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 360
- Mills, 1932, pp. Preface, 28–32
- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1883). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. 3. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Guérin, Victor (1869). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 1: Judee, pt. 3. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- 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.
- Welcome to Khirbat Rabud
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 21: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Rabud village (fact sheet), ARIJ
- Rabud village profile, ARIJ
- Rabud aerial photo, ARIJ
- The priorities and needs for development in Rabud village based on the community and local authorities’ assessment, ARIJ
- Rabud, google-map