Khelil (who wrote me under the heading above) wrote me this: "Look at how paranoid and stupid Haaretz is in writing about the Arabic translation of the Talmud from centuries past:
"The work joins several other translations into Arabic in recent years of canonical Jewish works. Experts disagree about the origin of this trend. Some call it purely scientific, while others believe it stems from a desire to "know your enemy" or an anti-Semitic attempt to "expose the truth" about Judaism. Still other scholars say there is a desire to know Jewish works better so as to "purify" the Hadith - Muslim law - from Jewish influences."