Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: review of Kuruvilla on radical Christianity in Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 28th June 2013 Looking at the personal and professional careers of Naim Ateek and Mitri Raheb, Kuruvilla then recounts the history of developments in Palestinian Christianity in recent … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seeing the Alhambra

The Alhambra (al-Qasr al-Hamra) in Granada is one of the most stunning buildings in the world. Its late-Islamic Andalucian decorations are breathtaking in their intricacy and delicacy, and the newly-renovated … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Britain's new erosion of the Right to Choose

Despite the unusual spectacle of glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend, coming back to the UK has been a fairly depressing experience. My gorgeously grumpy Yorkshire grandfather used to … Continue reading

August 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

New article: Sebastia's living community sidelined for ancient ruins

Electronic Intifada, 8th November 2010: “I have in my possession two leaflets about Sebastia, an outrageously pretty little West Bank village which you’d never guess was once a major city, … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · 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

'Cool! Andrew Bolt has slagged you off before you even get to Australia!'

…Sez husband, as we box up the contents of the house in preparation for a year Down Under… I wouldn’t have known Andrew Bolt from a hole in the ground … Continue reading

September 17, 2010 · 3 Comments

New article: review of Matthew Carr's 'Blood And Faith: the purging of Muslim Spain 1492-1614'

From Friends of Al-Aqsa journal: The ‘golden age’ that was al-Andalus, medieval Andalucia, has become a byword for cultural and intellectual flowering in an environment of religious and ethnic tolerance. … Continue reading

September 12, 2010 · 1 Comment