Farouk Mardam Bey was born in Damascus in 1944 and studied Law at the University of Damascus, political science in Cannes and Paris I, and education, history and social sciences at the Paris VII university. He worked as Head of Arabic at the library for the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris (1972-1986), an editor then director for a magazine on Palestinian Studies in French (1981-2008), and consultant for the Arab World Institute (1989-2008). Since 1995, he is director Sindbad series, part of publishing house Actes Sud, which aims at translating Arabic works into French. Co-written with Samir Kassir in French, he published a book in two volumes entitled Itineraries from Paris to Jerusalem: France and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Journal of Palestine Studies, 1992-1993), Being Arab with Elias Sanbar (Actes Sud, 2007), and Our France with Edwy Plenel and Elias Sanbar (Actes Sud, 2011) in addition to three books on the history of food. He also edited and published a number of collective historical, political, literary and bibliographical publications and translated to French the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. He has lived in France since 1965.