Although current relations between Jews and some Arabic-speaking countries are a bit strained, to say the least, it was not always so. In fact, there was a time when most Jews lived in Arabic-speaking countries, and thus many Jewish books were written in Arabic—or to be more precise, Judeo-Arabic, which was either the Jewish dialect of Arabic or classical Arabic written with Hebrew letters. Most of these works were later translated into Hebrew and other languages, becoming foundational Jewish classics—to the point that many people are unaware that these works were originally written in Arabic.
Here are seven such works:
1. Kitab al-Amanat wa’l-I’tiqadat (Emunot V’deiot—“The Book of Beliefs and Opinions”), by Rabbi Saadiah Gaon
- 7 Jewish Classics Originally Written in Arabic – Questions & Answers . 2017. 7 Jewish Classics Originally Written in Arabic – Questions & Answers . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3534307/jewish/7-Jewish-Classics-Originally-Written-in-Arabic.htm. [Accessed 06 January 2017].