Open main menu

Jiblā (Arabic: جِبْلَا‎) is a town in south-western Yemen, close to Ibb. It is located at the elevation of around 2,200 metres (7,200 feet), near Jebal Attaker. The town and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List due to its purported universal cultural value.[1] Historical Palace of Queen Arwa is located in the town.


جِبْلَا ‹See Tfd›(in Arabic)
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
GovernorateIbb Governorate
Time zoneUTC+3 (Yemen Standard Time)

Following the death of Sulayhid dynasty ruler Ali al-Sulayhi in 1067 CE, 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.

On December 30, 2002, an Islamist militant entered Jibla Baptist Hospital and shot and killed three Southern Baptist hospital workers. The day after the shootings, ownership of the hospital was transferred to the Yemeni government. The government assumed responsibility in 2003 and continued to employ Southern Baptist workers until its closing in May 2007. [2]


Rural life of villagersEdit

As late as 1979, the women of Jibla would launder their clothes in large pools of water formed by rivulets of natural spring water which trickled down the slopes of Jebal Attaker. Stepping stones of the brook were used in place of scrub-boards.



  1. ^ Jibla and its surroundings - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Accessed on 2009-4-20.
  2. ^ Ranish, David (January 11, 2013). "Southern Baptist 32-year legacy lives on". Mission Network News. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Aḥmad b. al-Ḥasan al-Jibli (d. 1880 / 1881)

External linksEdit