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Talfit (Arabic: تلفيت) is a Palestinian village in the Nablus Governorate in the northern West Bank, located 21 kilometers southeast of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) census, it had a population of 2,824 in 2007.
Potsherds from the IA II, Persian, Byzantine/Ayyubid, Mamluk and early Ottoman period have been found. Röhricht suggested identifying Talfit with Tarphin, mentioned in a Crusader text from 1154, but a later author (Abel) preferred to locate it at Kh. Tarfein to the north of Bir Zeit. According to Finkelstein, Kh. Tarfein better fits the archaeological finds.
In 1596, Talfit appeared in Ottoman tax registers as a village in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal in the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 12 Muslim households and paid taxes on wheat, barley, summercrops, olives, and goats or beehives.
The Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine noted in 1882 that the place resembled Kabalan, described as a village of moderate size, on high ground, surrounded by olive-trees. Talfit was supplied with water from a well called Ain Telfit.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Talfit had a population of 352, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 464, still all Muslim, in 116 occupied houses.
In 1945 Telfit had a population of 610, all Muslims, with 6,258 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 3,309 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 1,228 used for cereals, while 49 dunams were built-up land.
- Palmer, 1881 p. 245
- 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p. 110.
- Finkelstein et al, 1997, p. 655
- Röhricht, 1887, p. 213
- Abel, 1928:52, cited in Finkelstein et al, 1997, p. 655
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 133
- Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 288
- Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Nablus, p. 25
- Mills, 1932, p. 65
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 19
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 61
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 108
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 158
- Barron, J. B., ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine.
- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1882). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. 2. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
- Finkelstein, Israel; Lederman, Zvi, eds. (1997). Highlands of many cultures. Tel Aviv: Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University Publications Section. ISBN 965-440-007-3.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. ISBN 3-920405-41-2.
- 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.
- Röhricht, R. (1887). "Studien zur mittelalterlichen Geographie und Topographie Syriens". Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins. 10: 195–344.