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Minaret and town buildings in Jibla.
Minaret and town buildings in Jibla.
Jibla is located in Yemen
Location in Yemen
Coordinates: 13°55′N 44°9′E / 13.917°N 44.150°E / 13.917; 44.150
Country  Yemen
Governorate Ibb Governorate
Time zone Yemen Standard Time (UTC+3)

Jibla (Arabic: جبلا‎) is a town in southwestern Yemen, close to Ibb. It is located at around 13°55′00″N 44°09′00″E / 13.91667°N 44.15000°E / 13.91667; 44.15000Coordinates: 13°55′00″N 44°09′00″E / 13.91667°N 44.15000°E / 13.91667; 44.15000, at the elevation of around 2,200 meters. The town and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List due to its purported universal cultural value.[1]

Following the death of Sulayhid dynasty ruler Ali al-Sulayhi in 1067, Arwa al-Sulayhi's husband Ahmad became the de jure ruler of Yemen, but he was unable to rule being paralysed and bedridden. He gave all of his power to Arwa,one of her first actions was to move the capital from Sana'a to Jibla in order to be in a better position to destroy Sa'id ibn Najar and thus avenge her father-in-law's death. This she managed to do by luring him into a trap in 1088. She built a new palace at Jibla, and transformed the old palace into a great mosque where she was eventually buried.

The city from a distance
Queen Arwa Mosque in Jibla


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