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Raphael Cohen has a BA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and an MA in Semitics from the University of Chicago.
His translations of novels from Arabic to English include Status Emo by Eslam Mosbah (AUC Press, 2013), Butterfly Wings: an Egyptian Novel by Mohamed Salmawy (AUC Press, 2014) and Ahlem Mosteghanemi's trilogy The Art of Forgetting (Bloomsbury, 2011) and The Bridges of Constantine (Bloomsbury, 2014), the latter being reviewed by Peter Clark in Banipal 51, and Chaos of the Senses (2014). He is a contributing editor of Banipal.