Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Show me the Money

There are few better ways to actually propel me to an exhibition than to send out ‘last day’ notifications. Hence pottering down to the People’s History Museum in Manchester with … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Men of Capital’

Electronic Intifada, 14th January 2016 Defying stereotypes of Mandate-period Palestinians as divided between a distant, dislocated upper class of “notables” and a majority of uneducated, rebellious peasants, Seikaly charts the … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Newly Translated: Poems to Read for Ashraf Fayadh on January 14

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
On January 14, there will be readings held to stand shoulder to shoulder with Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh held around the…

January 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Novels of Jewish-Muslim ‘Miscegenation’: A Thriving World

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
Demand for Dorit Rabinyan’s Borderlife has apparently surged since the novel was excluded from Israel’s high-school Hebrew-literature curriculum for the Jewish-Muslim love story at its center. Sarah…

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Erased from Space and Consciousness’

Electronic Intifada, 28th December 2015 The core of Kadman’s thesis is her study of Israeli documents, which examines the language and narratives employed to talk about depopulated Palestinian villages. Her … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: Steve Sabella – Photography 1997-2014

Electronic Intifada, 2nd November 2015 Some of the most viscerally disturbing pictures in the book are to be found in the 2006 sequence titled “Exit.” This is made up of … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: ‘The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism’

Electronic Intifada, 21st October 2015 This edited volume… gives a broad, reasonably approachable — but also detailed — account of the 20th-century history, political situation and social, economic and cultural … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: Checkpoint 303’s ‘Iqrit Files’

Electronic Intifada, 14th October 2015 Palestinian songs, poetry, history and landscapes provide the starting point for an album which combines them with the much more youthful sounds of drum and … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: ‘La Estrella Invisible’

Electronic Intifada, 17th September 2015 On one level, these are deeply personal poems — intimate, allusive, sometimes subtly erotic. On another, though, the subtitle of the collection betrays the larger … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: ‘Pinkwashing Exposed’ film

Electronic Intifada, 15th September 2015 In 2012, the Seattle LGBT Commission — a body which advises the city’s mayor and council on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues — announced … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Moroccan Writer and Scholar Fatema Mernissi, 75

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
Moroccan writer and scholar Fatema Mernissi, author of the acclaimed memoir Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, has died at 75: Born in…

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Curse of the Achille Lauro’

Electronic Intifada, 26th August 2015 In 1985 four Palestinian commandos booked passage on an Italian cruise liner, the Achille Lauro. According to their plan, they should have remained undercover, acting … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Review: Sandy Tolan’s ‘Children of the Stone’

Electronic Intifada, 14th August 2015 To be completely honest, I was expecting this book to be pretty bad. And I have to admit that my preconceptions were comprehensively challenged. As … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

New review: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements…

Electronic Intifada, 20th July 2015 Mousa, played by Sami Metwasi, is a thief whose latest job is a vehicle which contains a gagged and bound Israeli soldier, something he finds … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment
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