University of Haifa
Ivan and Nina Ross Family Fellowship

Research Topic

"Prophecies of a Madman in a Cursed City": The Birth and Demise of Arab-Jewish Literature


Reuven Snir is a professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Haifa. He researches Arabic poetry, prose, and theatre, the history and culture of Arab-Jews, Hebrew literature of Arabs and Oriental Jews, and Muslim asceticism and mysticism. He was previously a senior news editor at Voice of Israel, and is currently the general editor at al-Karmil ― Studies in Arabic Language and Literature.

Snir received his PhD in Arabic Language & Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught at Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa. In 2014, he received the Tchernichovsky Prize in translation.

Selected publications

  • Modern Arabic Literature: A Theoretical Framework (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.