The Maktoob book seriesthe flagship project of the Translators’ Circle at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute – turns the spotlight on the vitality of Arabic literature by translating selected poetry and prose into Hebrew. The Translators' Circle encompasses more than fifty Arab and Jewish translators, editors, and literary scholars who by means of ongoing work uncover the possibilities of movement from one language and culture to another. The Circle’s vision is to develop a sustainable model for a delicate, long-lasting cooperation between Jews and Arabs whose purpose is reconciliation between Hebrew and Arabic. This is particularly essential given the fact that less than 0.5% of the Jews in Israel are capable of reading Arabic texts.


Yehouda Shenhav – Chief Editor

Yoantan Mendel – Deputy Editor

Maisalon Dallashi, Kifah Abd Al-Halim – Editorial Secretaries