Fruit seller at the old town of Zabid, Yemen #29953449
Fruit and vegetable seller at the souq of Zabid. Zabid (Arabic: ÃÂ²ÃÂ¨ÃÅ ÃÂ¯Ã¢â¬Å½) (also spelled Zebid) is a town with an urban population of around 23,000 persons on Yemen's western coastal plain. The town, named after Wadi Zabid, the wadi (or valley) to its south, is one of the oldest towns in Yemen. It was the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century and a center of the Arab and Muslim world due in large part to its famed University of Zabid and being a center of Islamic education. It was the capital of the Ziyadid dynasty from 819Ã¢â¬â1018 and the Najahid dynasty from 1022Ã¢â¬â1158. Today, however, it is at the intellectual and economic margins of modern Yemen. Zabid has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Its Great Mosque occupies a prominent place in the town. The vestiges of its university can also be visited.
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