The Friedberg Judeo-Arabic Corpus
The Friedberg Genizah Project is pleased to announce the
launching of a new website: The Friedberg Judeo-Arabic Corpus Website,
freely accessible to all through http://www.jewishmanuscripts.org, pending
registration (if you already have a user name and a password for
the Genizah website, you don't need to register again).
the purposes of the corpus, "Judeo-Arabic" refers to works written
mostly between the eighth and the eighteenth century, both in classical
Arabic and in the day-to-day spoken dialect, with Hebrew characters
(using diacritical marks for Arabic letters that have
no equivalent ones in Hebrew), instead of Arabic ones.
first version of the site contains 110 works in Judeo-Arabic, among
them works of Maimonides, Saadya Gaon, Yehuda Halevi, and many others,
totaling almost 4 million words, with a lexicon (list of
different words) of more than 280,000 words. The complete list of
these works, with the relevant bibliographical details, appear in the
The corpus is accompanied by an advanced
full-text search system that can search for words and phrases and
display their occurrences in the corpus (or in selected parts thereof)
with suitable one-line contexts and various statistics.
contexts can be sorted by the word following or preceding the keyword,
and can be enlarged to display an entire logical unit of that text.
almost every page of every work in the corpus, an image is available
that can be viewed side-by-side with its transcription, for
comparison purposes. Easy and efficient browsing in all these works is
For more information on all the functions available in the site and their various parameters see the site's Homepage.
the first stage, the site will contain Judeo-Arabic works that
have already appeared in print, focusing on works that were written up
to the 16th century.
With time, the corpus will be expanded, hopefully encompassing all Judeo-Arabic titles in the mentioned group.
wish to thank Haggai ben-Shammai and David Sklare for their help in
compiling the nucleus of the list of works to be included in the
corpus and for placing at our disposal copies of some rare editions of
The site was developed and is maintained
by "Genazim Digital," the Computing Unit of the
Friedberg Genizah Project, led by Professor Yaacov Choueka.