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Judeo-Arabic

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Introduction

The Judeo-Arabic languages are a collection of Arabic dialects spoken by Jews living or formerly living in Arabic-speaking countries; the term also refers to more or less classical Arabic written in the Hebrew script, particularly in the Middle Ages. Just as with the rest of the Arab world, Arabic-speaking Jews had different dialects depending on where they lived.

Since the declaration of independence of the state of Israel 1948, most jews in Arab countries have fled to Israel because of the continuous opression in arab countries (Read more in Wikipedia:Jewish_exodus_from_Arab_lands). Most of their descendants now speak Modern Hebrew; as a result, the Judeo-Arabic dialects are now considered endangered languages.

LanguageSpeakers in IsrealSpeakers elsewherecode
Judeo-Iraqi100,000100Ethnologue:yhd
Judeo-Moroccan250,0008,925Ethnologue:aju
Judeo-Tripolitanian30,0005,000Ethnologue:yud
Judeo-Tunisian45,000500Ethnologue:ajt
Judeo-Yemeni50,0001,000Ethnologue:jye

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