|• Hebrew||אַבּוּ סְנָן, אבו סנאן|
|• ISO 259||ʔabbu-Snaˀn|
|• Arabic||أبو سنان|
|• Type||Local council|
|• Total||4,750 dunams (4.75 km2 or 1.83 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||"Produsing pasturage, especially such plants as "sorrel""|
Abu Snan (Arabic: أبو سنان; Hebrew: אַבּוּ סְנָן) is an Arab local council in the Galilee region of northern Israel, with an area of 4,750 dunams (4.75 km²). It achieved recognition as an independent local council in 1964. It is a religiously mixed town, with a Muslim majority and sizable Druze and Christian minorities.
In about 1250 Abu Snan is noted as a casale of the Teutonic Knights, called Busnen. Under the name Tusyan, probably a corruption of Busenan, Abu Snan was mentioned as part of the domain of the Crusaders during the hudna between the Crusaders based in Acre and the Mamluk sultan al-Mansur (Qalawun) declared in 1283.
In 1517, Abu Snan was with the rest of Palestine incorporated into the Ottoman Empire after it was captured from the Mamluks, and by 1596, it appeared in the Ottoman tax registers as part of the Nahiya of Akka of the Liwa of Safad. It had a population of 102 households and 3 bachelors, all Muslims.
When French explorer Victor Guérin visited the village in 1875, he estimated the population of Abu Senan to be 400, of whom 260 were Druze and 140 "Schismatic Greeks". Guérin also wrote that "Abu Senan has succeeded an ancient town, as is proved by cisterns cut in rock, and a considerable quantity of cut-stones, now used for modern buildings." Fragments from an older building is used in a chapel for St. George.
In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Abu Senan as a stone-built village situated on the low hill near the plain, surrounded by olive groves and arable land, and with many cisterns of rain-water. The population consisted of 150 Christians and 100 Muslims.
In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Abu Senan had a total population of 518. Of these, 43 were Muslim, 228 Druze and 247 Christians. Of Abou Senan's 247 Christians, 196 were Orthodox, 44 Roman Catholic, 4 Melekite and 3 Maronite.
In 1945 the population of Abu Sinan was 820, all Arabs, who owned 13,043 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey. 2,172 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 7,933 used for cereals, while 69 dunams were built-up (urban) land.
According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a low ranking (3 out of 10) on the country's socioeconomic index (December 2001). Only 63.6% of students are entitled to a matriculation certificate after Grade 12 (2000). The average salary that year was NIS 3,629 per month, whereas the national average was NIS 6,835.
- "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- Palmer, 1881, p. 37
- Dauphin, 1998, p. 639
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, p 153
- Dan Barag (1979). "A new source concerning the ultimate borders of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem". Israel Exploration Journal 29: 197–217.
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 191
- Guérin, 1880, p. 21, as translated by Conder and Kitchener, 1881, p. 144
- Guérin, 1880, p. 21, as translated by Conder and Kitchener, 1881, p. 160
- Dauphin, 1998, p. 639
- Conder and Kitchener, p. 144
- J. B. Barron, ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine. Table XI, Sub-district of Acre.
- J. B. Barron, ed. (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine. Table XVI.
- E. Mills, ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine. p. 99.
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 40
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 80
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 130
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