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Uriya Shavit

Uriya Shavit was born in Tel Aviv in 1975. After completing his military service in an elite intelligence unit, he joined the daily Haaretz, where he worked as an international affairs analyst and editor, and a senior writer for the weekend magazine. In 2006 he received his PhD in Islamic history from Tel Aviv University, and is now a senior lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies there. Shavit specializes in the study of Islamic law and politics, and has published several books on these subjects with Israeli and English-language publishers. He is also the author of Israel’s best-selling Guide for University Students, and has written children’s books.
Uriya Shavit

Books Published in Hebrew

Memory Game (youth), Keter, 2002 [Mischak Ha-Zikaron]
A Dawn of an Old Era: The Imaginary Revolution in the Middle East (non-fiction), Keter, 2003 [Shachar Shel Yom Yashan: Ha-Mahapecha Ha-Meduma Ba-Mizrach Ha-Tichon]
Mapa Guide for Higher Education (non-fiction), Mapa, 2004 [Ha-Madrich La-Student: Kol Ma She-Tzarich Ladaʹat Ba-Derech El Ha-Toʹar]
Danny and Krembo (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Danny U-Krembo]
The War of Democracy: Arabs and the West since the End of the Cold War (non-fiction), The Moshe Dayan Center/ Tel Aviv University, 2008 [Milchemet Ha-Demokratya]
The Boy who Read Minds (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010 [Ha-Yeled She-Kara Machshavot]
Like Magic (youth), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012 [Maʹase Ksamim]
The Dead Man (novel) , Keter, 2013 [Ha-Ish Ha-Met]
My Enemy, My Mentor [with Ofir Winter] (non-fiction), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, 2013 [Oyvi, Mori: Ha-Tziyonut Ve-Israel Be-Mishnatam Shel Islamistim Ve-Liberalim Aravim]
The Third Wish (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2017 [Ha-Mish'ala Ha-Shlishit]

Books in Translation

The New Imagined Community: Global Media and the Construction of National and Muslim Identities of Migrants (non-fiction)
English: Brighton, UK/ Portland, OR., Sussex Academic Press, 2009

Islamism and the West: From "Cultural Attack" to "Missionary Migrant" (non-fiction) 

English: London/ New York, Routledge, 2014

Shari'a and Muslim Minorities: The wasati and salafi approaches to fiqh al-aqalliyyat al-Muslima

English: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015



The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!