Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Jerusalem, Interrupted

Electronic Intifada, 11th January 2017 Whether Arabic or Aramaic has been the dominant tongue, or Islam, Judaism, Christianity or paganism the majority religion, the city has always been a patchwork; … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bats in the Museum

A couple of months ago I was furtling around in the online archives of the Rockefeller Museum, established under the British Mandate as the Palestine Archaeological Museum and run from … Continue reading

October 18, 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

“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: The Storyteller of Jerusalem

Electronic Intifada, 25th February 2014 The descriptions of his childhood center around a large house shared with tenants, situated around a courtyard and with communal facilities. “If you entered the … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

New article: British Mandate in Palestine – upcoming exhibition at the Brunei Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st May 2012: The project drew on testimonies from various people who had memories of the British Mandate period. Among the stories of arrests, house demolitions and hangings … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Saturday night in Beit Sahour

It’s Saturday night in Beit Sahour, and a 70-something Palestinian woman is threatening to feed me arak (and salted almonds. I’m anyone’s for a few roasted almonds). Could be worse. … Continue reading

October 9, 2010 · 1 Comment