Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

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: 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

“For 9 months she fought in the Turkish army, up Beersheba way”

Came across this magificent snippet in an edited volume of the letters of Helen Bentwich, from her time in Palestine at the end of World War One and during the … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

New review: Radwa Ashour’s ‘The Woman from Tantoura’

Electronic Intifada, 8th July 2014 Ruqayya’s story — told partly by her in old age — is the tale of one young girl, her loves, family, marriage, work, children and … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glasgow: action against glorification of WW1

Received by email today. There’s a news report on the action here: Dear friends and comrades, Please circulate throughout your networks. To sign on email: whitefeatherclubglasgow [at] gmail.com We the … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Watching academics: power dynamics at conferences

I went to an academic conference the other week. It was in the USA (at Brown), which was in itself strange and disturbing (it’s 12 years since I was last … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Leila Khaled biog: Arabic edition

Yesterday I got sent a cover scan of the Arabic edition of my biography of Leila Khaled. It’s published by Al Muassasah Al Arabiya lil Dirasat wal Nashr in Beirut, … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Poetry from Iraq and Scotland

Sabreen Kadhim, a young poet from Baghdad who very much dispels any myths linking poetry with dowdiness and cardigans, was supposed to appear at Reel Iraq earlier this year. However, … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 12 Comments

‘Head over Heels in Saudi Arabia’ at Edinburgh Fringe

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia is a one-woman show by Maisah Sobahi, in her day-job a lecturer at a university in Jeddah and now the first ever Saudi performer … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

New review: Louisa Waugh’s ‘Meet Me In Gaza’

Electronic Intifada, 23rd July 2013 For people who know nothing of Gaza but lazy media stereotypes, this book is a perfect introduction. And for those who think they know all … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Sea (the film, that is…)

Went to see The Sea this evening, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It turned out to be the World Premiere of the movie, which meant a … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: ‘When I Saw You’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 3rd June 2013 Jacir’s portrayal of daily life is full of precise details which make it a joy to watch. Copies of Mao’s Little Red Book sit in … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kingsolver at the South Bank

American novelist and biologist Barbara Kingsolver has a special place in my life, and especially in the story of my marriage, and that alone makes her dear to me. That … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 31st May 2013 With the exception of her observations on women’s changing roles, Anbara’s memories are interesting and important not for what they reveal about home life through … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · Leave a comment