Arabic
(4,896 words)

Already in pre-Islamic times (before the 7th century CE), Arabic was the language of the Jews on the Arabian peninsula. With the spread of Islam throughout the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia, and parts of Europe, most Jews fell under Arab-Muslim rule, assimilated themselves to Muslim civilization, and took not only the language, but also the modes of thought…

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Reuven Snir, Haifa, “Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 22 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0043>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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