Raphael Cohen is a professional translator and lexicographer who studied Arabic and Hebrew at Oxford University and 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 has also translated a novel, So You May See, by Mona Prince. His latest fiction translation is Guard of the Dead by George Yarak, which was shortlisted for the 2016 IPAF prize.

He is based in Cairo and is a contributing editor of Banipal.


Contributor's Issues

Banipal 63 - The 100 Best Arabic Novels (2018)

Banipal 67 - Elias Khoury, The Novelist (Spring 2020)

Banipal 65 - The Beautiful Creatures of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (Summer 2019)

Banipal 57 - Syria in the Heart (Autumn/Winter 2016)

Banipal 66 - Travels (Autumn/Winter 2019)

Banipal 61 - A Journey in Iraqi Fiction (2018)

Banipal 60 - Alaa al-Deeb, A Writer Apart (Autumn/Winter 2017)

Banipal 52 - New Fiction (2015)

Banipal 59 - The Longlist (Summer 2017)

Banipal 53 - The Short Stories of Zakaria Tamer (2015)

Banipal 56 - Generation '56 (Summer 2016)

Banipal 62 - A Literary Journey through Arab Cinema (2018)

Banipal 58 - Arab Literary Awards (Spring 2017)

Banipal 46 - 80 New Poems (2013)

Banipal 42 - New Writing from the Emirates (2011)

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