Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

The Book of Khartoum

This is exciting (for me…). Comma Press now have copies of The Book of Khartoum, an anthology of Sudanese short stories co-edited by my fellow IMES PhDer Raph Cormack; I … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

New review: On the Bride’s Side

Electronic Intifada, 7th April 2016 Tasnim, a Palestinian with German citizenship who had left Syria only a few months earlier and whose parents and grandparents were still in the Yarmouk … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Font imperialism

Anyone who can read Arabic but lives in the Anglophone world rapidly becomes used to seeing Arabic text turned into gibberish by Western word processing and layout software. For some … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

New review: Speed Sisters

Electronic Intifada, 23rd March 2016 Marah, with whom Betty maintains a sometimes bitter rivalry, comes from Jenin refugee camp but, contrary to the camp’s conservative image, is backed by her … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reviewed: Hisham Bustani, “The Perception of Meaning”

Electronic Intifada, 16th February 2016 This collection of Bustani’s stories has been translated into English by Palestinian-Canadian translator Thoraya El-Rayyes, giving English-language readers their first opportunity to encounter Bustani’s work. … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: Mohannad Sabry on Sinai

Electronic Intifada, 11th February 2016 Heavily militarized by Egypt and portrayed in the West as a stronghold of Islamist militant supporters of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, how do … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

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
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