Shaib or Sha‘ib (Arabic: شعيب Shu‘ayb), or the Sheikhdom of Shaib (Arabic: مشيخة الشعيب Mashyakhat ash-Shu‘ayb), was a state in the Aden Protectorate, South Arabia. The area is now part of the Republic of Yemen.

Sheikhdom of Shaib
مشيخة الشعيب
State of the Federation of South Arabia
18th century–1967

Map of the Federation of South Arabia
Historical era20th century
18th century
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Federation of Arab Emirates of the South
South Yemen


The Sha`ib Sheikhdom was established at an uncertain date in the 18th century. After becoming a British protectorate, it eventually joined the Federation of Arab Emirates of the South as well as its successor, the Federation of South Arabia.[1] Its last sheikh, Yahya Mohamed Al-Kholaqi Al-Saqladi, was exiled in 1967 upon the founding of the People's Republic of South Yemen. He died in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in July 2001.


The rulers of the Sha`ib Sheikhdom had the title of Shaykh Sha`ib.[2]


  • c.1850 - 1880 Mani` al-Saqladi
  • 1880 - 1915 `Ali ibn Mani` al-Saqladi
  • 1915 - 1935 Mutahhar ibn Mani` al-Saqladi
  • 1935 - 1948 Muhammad ibn Muqbil al-Saqladi
  • Aug 1948 - 1954 Kassem ibn Mused ibn Ali al-Saqladi
  • 1955 - 30 Mar 1963 Yahya ibn Muhammad al-Saqladi
  • 1963 - 7 Jul 1965 Nashir ibn `Abd Allah al-Saqladi (d. 1965)
  • 10 Jul 1965 - Jun 1967 Yahya ibn Mohamed Al Kholaqi al-Saqladi

See also


  1. Paul Dresch. A History of Modern Yemen. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000
  2. States of the Aden Protectorates

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