Kitab (Arabic: کتاب), also transcribed as kitaab, kitáb, or kitāb, is the Arabic word for book, from the root K-T-B. The word is also used in the Persian, Hindi, Bengali, Sylheti, Nepalese, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Punjabi, Indonesian, Urdu, and Rutulian, as (kitab), as well as in Assamese (as "kitap"), Swahili (as "kitabu"), Tatar, Kyrgyz, Turkish (as "kitap"), Serbo-Croatian (as "ćitap") languages and in some contexts in Greek ("κιτάπι"). The word is also related to katav, the Hebrew word for reporter. It is part of titles of many Arabic language books. Some prominent examples are:
- Al-Kitab: a reference to itself in the Quran, also called "Kitabullah", The Book of God. In Indonesian the word refers to the Bible.
- Kitab al-Aghani: The Book of Songs
- Kitab al-Buldan: Book of Lands
- Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices
- Kitab al Majmu: Book of the Sum Total
- Kitab Ash-Shifa bi ta'rif huquq al-Mustafa: Healing by the recognition of the Rights of the Chosen one
- Kitab al-Musiqi al-Kabir: Great Book of Music
- Kitab al-Tabikh - The Book of Dishes
- Kitáb-i-Aqdas: Most Holy Book, the central book of the Bahá'í Faith.
- Kitáb-i-Íqán: Book of Certitude regarded as Bahá'u'lláh's primary theological work.
- Kitab al Khazari: Book of the Khazars, dialogues between the Khazar King and a religious sage, originally written in Arabic in Medieval Spain, but since translated into Hebrew and English, perhaps incorrectly so. The original Arabic version has been lost, and therefore there is no way to validate the accuracy of the Hebrew translation, which occurred 700 years after the work was originally written in Arabic.
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