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The change in demographics is due mostly to new migration of Muslims to the area, and emigration of Christians from the area.Ramallah grew dramatically throughout the 17th and 18th centuries as an agricultural village; thus, attracting more (predominantly Christian) inhabitants from all around the region.The village "belonged" to the Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem, to which it paid an annual tax of 350 Mids of grain.A large Christian village, of well-built stone houses, standing on a high ridge, with a view on the west extending to the sea.Later in the 1850s, "The Church of Transfiguration", was built to replace it; it is the sole Orthodox Church in Ramallah today. Joseph sisters, as well as the co-educational Al-Ahliyyah College high school runs by Rosary sisters.During that same decade, the Latin (Roman Catholic) Church established its presence in Ramallah, constituting the second largest Christian denomination in the city. With the influx of Muslim and Christian refugees and internal migration, new mosques and churches were built.
There were 200 taxable men, which gives an estimated total population of 800–900 people.
In 1700, Yacoub Elias was the first Ramallah native to be ordained by the Eastern Greek Melkite Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, the Christian denomination that prevailed in the Holy Land at the time.
In the early 19th century, the first Greek Melkite Jerusalemite Orthodox Christian church was built.
The Friends Boys School became a temporary hospital during World War I.
The British Army occupied Ramallah in December 1917 during the war years.
The Friends Boys School (FBS) was founded in 1901 and opened in 1918.