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Translation and the ‘Other’

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Maktoob is the only project in the world dedicated to translating Arabic literature into Hebrew.

Arabic is the second language of Israel, and translation from Arabic to Hebrew has the proven potential for educating communities about the “other,” and from this creating a meaningful sense of shared identity.

Maktoob seeks “to rid Hebrew-language literature of its orientalist conceptions of both Arabs and Arab countries,” and “combat the segregation of Jews and Palestinians…”

What does that mean and how do they go about doing it?

Join Maktoob’s chief editor, Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani, for a fascinating conversation with British-Nigerian-Israeli writer Akin Ajayi, co-founder of the The Tel Aviv Review of Books.

This event is at 8 PM in Israel and 1 PM EST.

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Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani

Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani is a professor of sociology at Tel Aviv University, and chief editor of Maktoob at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is also Membre du Conseil Scientifique de l'Institute d'Études Avancées de Nantes, the author of numerous books, and has translated 14 novels from Arabic to Hebrew, among them five by Lebanese writer Elias Khoury.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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