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al-Malikiyya was an Arab village located on the border between the British Mandate of Palestine and Lebanonmarker, north-northeast of the town of Safedmarker. Its population was Metawali Shiite, and were originally considered to form part of Lebanon, which still claims sovereignty over this, and several other (former) villages. In a 1930s census, the village was registered as Palestinian and part of the Safed District.


According to the Arab geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi (d. 1228), the people of al-Malikiyya had a wooden platter that they believed was originally owned by the prophet Mohammed.

In 1596, al-Malikiyya was a village in the Ottoman nahiya (subdistrict) of Tibnin under the liwa' (district) of Safadmarker, with a population of 369. It paid taxes on a number of crops, such as wheat, barley, as well as goats and beehives.

In the late nineteenth century, the village of Al-Malkiyya was described as being built of stone and mud, lying on a plain to the east of a valley. Well supplied with water from a nearby wadi, the village's 200-300 inhabitants cultivated olives.

In 1944/45 a total of 4,225 dunums of land was allocated to cereals.


Al-Malikiyya changed hands no fewer than five times between May and October 1948.A battle was fought in the village on 5-6 June 1948, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Combatants were Israelis and the Lebanese army. As a result of the war, the village was depopulated and it is currently located in a military zone.

See also


  1. Mu'jam Al-Buldan, cited in le Strange, 1890, p.77
  2. H√ľtteroth, Wolf-Dieter and Kamal Abdulfattah (1977), Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fr√§nkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. p. 179. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 471
  3. Conder, Claude Reignier and H.H. Kitchener: The Survey of Western Palestine. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. (1881) I:202, 251. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p.471
  4. Hadawi, 1970, p.119


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