The Maktoob book series turns the spotlight on living and breathing Arabic literature, both poetry and prose. It is a unique new project, the only one of its kind in Israel, for translating works of Arabic literature and culture and making them accessible to Israeli readers. The project, an initiative of translators and scholars of Arabic, both Jews and Palestinians, grew out of the Translators’ forum that formed at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2015.

Maktoob website


Yehouda Shenhav – Chief Editor

Yoantan Mendel – Deputy Editor

Hanan Saadi – Editorial Secretary