Are any of the writings of R. Ovadiah Maimuni, Rambam's grandson such as The Treatise of the Pool available for free online?

  • I doubt it. Paul Fenton's translation was published in a small press, so it's likely not online. I have it Fenton's translation of the Pool, so let me know if you have any questions.
    – Aryeh
    May 26, 2015 at 9:28

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First of all, the Treatise of the Pool is the only known literary composition of R. Ovadiah Maimonides. It is a relatively obscure treatise written during the Jewish-Sufi movement in 13th century Egypt, and became known due to modern scholarly research. Paul Fenton has published a translation of the Judaeo-Arabic (and includes the original) from the archived manuscripts, which is the book you linked. He relies on the two libraries that contain the available manuscripts:

  1. The Bodleian Library at Oxford University
  2. The Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection of the Cambridge University

It is in these libraries that you could get access to R. Ovadiah's writing. Unfortunately, the manuscript in the Bodleian Library, which contains the bulk of the available text, is not currently digitized/online-accessible. However, if you want to try your hand at Judaeo-Arabic, you can see access the Genizah manuscripts. Here are those pages:

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As you can see, this is only a fragment. The resource you want is Paul Fenton's translation, and since it is copyrighted, you'll probably have to buy it.

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