Bayt al-Faqih

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Bayt al-Faqīh

بيت الفـــقية
Market of Bayt al-Faqih
Market of Bayt al-Faqih
Bayt al-Faqīh is located in Yemen
Bayt al-Faqīh
Bayt al-Faqīh
Location in Yemen
Coordinates: 14°30′58″N 43°10′28″E / 14.51611°N 43.17444°E / 14.51611; 43.17444
Country Yemen
GovernorateAl Hudaydah Governorate
Time zoneUTC+3 (Yemen Standard Time)

Bayt al-Faqīh or Beit al-Faqih (archaic Betelfaguy;[1] Arabic: بيت الفـــقيةBayt al-Faqīh, 'House of the Jurist') is a city in Al Hudaydah Governorate in Yemen. It is located on the pilgrimage and trade route across the Tihamah plain between Al Hudaydah and Ta'izz. It is 50 km south of Al Hudaydah and 150 km southwest of the Yemeni capital of San‘a’ and lies at an altitude of 122 m. Its population was 28,773 in the 1994 census and estimated at 41,652 in 2005.

Ibn Battuta visited the grave of the individual for whom the city is named after, the celebrated jurist Ahmad b. Musa b. Ali Ujail (1212-1291).[2]

A Zaranig man

Although today most of the population of Bayt al-Faqih work the weaving or jewelry industries, the city was historically known as the source of coffee exported through the port of Mocha. The town's Friday souk (market) is a remnant of the town's once-thriving coffee trade.


  1. ^ Wild, Antony (2005). Coffee: A Dark History. W. W. Norton. p. 105. ISBN 0-393-06071-3. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  2. ^ Battutah, Ibn (2002). The Travels of Ibn Battutah. London: Picador. pp. 84–85, 306. ISBN 9780330418799.

External links[edit]

  • "Hodeidah" with information on Bayt Al-Faqih at Yemen Old Splendour Tours

Coordinates: 14°30′58″N 43°19′28″E / 14.51611°N 43.32444°E / 14.51611; 43.32444