Jewish Communities in the Arab World

Jews in Tunisia's Ghriba Synagogue in Djerba. 
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Jewish populations in the Arab world have dwindled since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. However, there are still small Jewish communities in Arab states.

Before 1948 approximately 900,000 Jews lived in the Arabic-speaking world. Today that number is less than 8,000, according to, where you can find a plethora of resources on these communities.  

Check out this slideshow from Foreign Policy Magazine for a glimpse into the lives of Jews living in the Arab states today. 


Diwaniyya Contributor