Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: Edinburgh exhibits Nakba memorial plans

Electronic Intifada, 10th October 2013 Omar Mohammad is sensitive to the danger that to create a monument to something is to place it in the past, to declare it to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Forensics, denial, Rios Montt, Green Lines and ratshit

Last Monday I had the privilege of seeing Eyal Weizman deliver the 2013 Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University. Tom, in case you don’t know, was a young … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Knot: Persian carpets in images by Jalal Sepehr

I have nothing useful to say about these images by Iranian photographer Jalal Sepehr: solely that I am posting them for the sheer joy of their beauty and so that … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nablus: an architectural history

It’s been very exciting to get my first look at the real, in-the-flesh version of my good friend Naseer Arafat’s architectural history of Nablus. It’s a huge and beautiful book, … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: Rebuilding Jordan's desert castles

The Arab Review, 27th June 2012 With reconstruction work in full swing, the setting inside the palace is as strange as the view from outside. The elegant green marble pillars … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment