Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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1. Judeo-Arabic

As in many traditional cultures, Arabic-speaking Jews drew upon a rich lexicon of proverbs, maxims, and aphorisms in both oral and written expression. These gnomic expressions, in addition to being original creations, derived from a variety of sources. The specifically Jewish sources included biblical and rabbinic literature, and the principal non-Jewish source was the local Arab milieu. Specifically Muslim dicta from the Qur’an and ḥadīth rarely entered Judeo-Arabic usage. Rather, i…

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Norman A. Stillman, Galit Hasan-Rokem and Ora Schwarzwald, “Proverbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0017890>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3651

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