Sasson Somekh is professor emeritus of modern Arabic literature at Tel Aviv University. On receiving his Ph.D. from Oxford University, he became a member of Tel Aviv University faculty and held the Helmos Chair for Arabic Literature for many years. He also served as head of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo (1995-1998) and had visiting appointments at various universities.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them an honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University (2004) and the Israel Prize for Middle Eastern Studies (2005).
He is the author of numerous books and articles, as well as many translations from Arabic to Hebrew.