Shoubak

Shoubak (Arabic: الشوبك‎) is a municipality that lies at the northwestern edge of the Ma'an Governorate in Jordan. It had a population of 19297. At one of the highest elevations above sea level in Jordan, this municipality is famous for apple and fruit farms. The Crusader castle Montreal is located in Shoubak.

Shoubak

الشوبك
Town
Shoubak2.jpg
Shoubak is located in Jordan
Shoubak
Shoubak
Coordinates: 30°31′08″N 35°33′28″E / 30.51889°N 35.55778°E / 30.51889; 35.55778Coordinates: 30°31′08″N 35°33′28″E / 30.51889°N 35.55778°E / 30.51889; 35.55778
CountryJordan
ProvinceMa'an Governorate
Municipality established2001
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorAdel Al-Rafayah
Area
 • Metro
15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation1,330 m (4,360 ft)
Population
 (2015)[2]
 • Town4,275
 • Metro
19,279
Time zoneGMT +2
 • Summer (DST)+3
Area code(s)+(962)3
Websitehttp://shoubak.gov.jo

HistoryEdit

 
The Crusader castle Montréal in Shoubak.

Shoubak was first settled by the Edomites who had their capital in Busaira in neighboring Tafilah Governorate, in the second millennium BC. It was then settled by the Nabataeans in the first millennium BC.

Shoubak became a Nahia in 1894, and was administratively belonging to the then-Ottoman Kerak department. In 1973, it was ranked up to a Qadaa. In the 31st Administrative Divisions System of 1995, Shoubak became a full department within Ma'an Governorate benefiting from the decentralization program.

Shoubak is known for its Crusader castle Montreal. Along with Petra and Aqaba, Shoubak forms the third head of this triangle that lies on the cross road between Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Its unique high elevation (1330 m above sea level) gave it a strategic importance.

The importance of Shoubak reached its peak after Baldwin I of Jerusalem took control of it, cutting the roots between Egypt and Syria, the Montreal castle was built on top of a hill there in 1115. Shoubak was then annexed to the Ayyubid dynasty by Saladin in 1187.

The city of Shoubak revolted against the Ottomans in 1900 and in 1905.

During the Arab Revolt, T.E. Lawrence entered Shoubak in Feb. 1918, commenting, "We went over the ridge and down to the base of the shapely cone, whose mural crown was the ring-wall of the old castle of Monreale, very noble against the night sky." Upon departure, he wrote, "...we skated timorously down the rapid path to the open plain across which still stretched the Roman road with its groups of fallen milestones, inscribed by famous emperors."[3]

GeographyEdit

 
Shoubak is known for its cold winters.

Shoubak is located at an area bordering Tafilah Governorate to the north and Aqaba Governorate to the west. It is administratively in Ma'an Governorate. Due to its high elevation, Shoubak is famous for its cold freezing winters, and due to its location at the borders of the Arabian Desert, it has a dry summer season.

ClimateEdit

In Shoubak, there is a Warm-summer Mediterranean climate. Most rain falls in the winter. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Csb, but very close to Dsa and BSk. The average annual temperature in Shoubak is 12.7 °C (54.9 °F). About 317 mm (12.48 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Climate data for Shoubak
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.8
(44.2)
8.4
(47.1)
11.7
(53.1)
16.3
(61.3)
21.2
(70.2)
25.3
(77.5)
26.2
(79.2)
26.9
(80.4)
24.8
(76.6)
19.7
(67.5)
13.4
(56.1)
8.6
(47.5)
17.4
(63.4)
Average low °C (°F) −2.0
(28.4)
−0.8
(30.6)
2.4
(36.3)
5.2
(41.4)
7.8
(46.0)
11.2
(52.2)
13.5
(56.3)
13.9
(57.0)
11.0
(51.8)
7.5
(45.5)
3.9
(39.0)
−0.4
(31.3)
6.1
(43.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 76
(3.0)
64
(2.5)
58
(2.3)
19
(0.7)
6
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(0.2)
21
(0.8)
69
(2.7)
317
(12.5)
Source: Climate-Data.org,Climate data

DemographicsEdit

The national census of the year 2004 showed that the total population of Shoubak was 12,590 persons, of whom 5,666 are males (45%) and 6924 are females, constituting 55% of the total population. There were 1,663 households with an average of 5 persons/household. Almost the entire population are Muslims.[4]

EconomyEdit

 
View from the Montreal castle.

Agriculture forms the major source of income for Shoubak, followed by tourism. Benefiting from its high altitude of more than 1,300 m above sea level, the countryside of Shoubak extends to about 189 km2 of olive, vegetable and fruit farms, mainly apple farms surrounding and within the town of Shoubak, resulting in the city spanning a relatively large area. There are 129 honey bee farms in the town's countryside, making it a major producer of honey.[5]

EducationEdit

The college of agriculture of Al-Balqa` Applied University is located in Shoubak. The Regional Center of Agricultural Research and Technology Transport is also located in Shoubak.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Eid Dahiyat, Minister of Education
  • Taha Ali Al-Habahbeh, Minister of State.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shoubak Municipality
  2. ^ "The General Census - 2015" (PDF). Department of Population Statistics.
  3. ^ Lawrence, T.E. (1935). Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. pp. 495–497.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Shoubak Municipality

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