Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Hilarion Capucci: a reminder of resistance history

Hilarion ibn Bashir Capucci died today (along with a lot of other people, no doubt, probably quite a few in his home city of Aleppo). Capucci caught my attention, though, … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

AMEWS post-election position statement

ASSOCIATION FOR MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES (AMEWS) POST-ELECTION POSITION STATEMENT November 16, 2016 The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a 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

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: ‘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: ‘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

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

New review: ‘People Without a Land’

Electronic Intifada, 8th July 2015 There are a few contradicting voices, reminders of what believers in genuine “ethical coexistence” (Omar Barghouti’s phrase) are up against. The film opens with a … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Lital Levy’s ‘Poetic Trespass’

Electronic Intifada, 19 May 2015 Rather, Levy puts forward an analysis of the ways in which literature and language have operated in the dark corners of this power-ridden, unequal environment. … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

New review: Decolonizing Palestinian Politicial Economy, ed Turner & Shweiki

Electronic Intifada, 1 May 2015 The forceful reminder they put forward is that the habit into which many (most?) of us so easily slip in talking about Palestinians living in … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gulf War One and the BBC’s banned songs

As the result of a Twitter conversation with SOAS’ David Wearing which started with the 39 Steps and worked its way through the works of John Buchan, Greenmantle, BBC Radio … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

New review: music and Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 22nd December 2014 In Beckles Willson’s case, however, a few important points stand out. One is her careful, sophisticated, but nevertheless uncompromising articulation of the deep-seated difference between … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Jean-Pierre Filiu’s history of Gaza

Electronic Intifada, 28th October 2014 Gaza was a key strategic point, the last source of water before the Sinai, from the perspective of armies and merchants heading from the Levant … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment