Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Review: Salman Abu Sitta’s autobiography

The Electronic Intifada, 27th September 2016 Unlike Jawhariyyeh, al-Hout or Sayigh, Galilean hills, Lebanon and Jerusalem do not loom large in Abu Sitta’s account. Instead, his life story is rooted … Continue reading

October 4, 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

New article: Cairo remains dependent on US aid

Electronic Intifada, 10th April 2013 While some Palestinians and their supporters saw a ray of light in the election of Mohammed Morsi and his government’s apparent solidarity with Gaza when … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

International Women’s Day – Tahrir Square

A beautiful, inspiring poster from the fight against sexual violence and for women’s place in Egyptian – and all – societies:

March 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

New article: ‘Poets of Protest’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 28th February 2013 “All revolutions begin as poetry. Poetry and protest are inseparable twins,” says Yehia Jaber. He should know. A former fighter whose memories include patrolling the … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Left and the Egyptian revolution

There are, obviously, huge issues around the results of the Egyptian presidential elections and SCAF’s attempts to engineer constitutional change to tighten its grip behind the scenes. But from my … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: 'Subversion' Arabic art exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 13th May 2012 The final Palestinian contribution is “Gazawood,” by twin al-Aqsa University students known as Tarzan and Arab. In a mocked-up cinema — by the look of … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

The 3 Disappearances of Soad Hosni, Cornerhouse

Just returned from The Cornerhouse screening of The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, a film made by Lebanese director Rania Stephan, who was present for a post-screening Q&A. Soad Hosni … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Women of the Egyptian revolution

Many thanks to my friend Kolya, who has been sending me episodes from Leil-Zahra Mortada‘s series of interviews with women involved in the Egyptian revolution. This is one of them, … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: Mourid Barghouti reviewed

From Electronic Intifada, 19th April 2012: I didn’t think I was a big fan of the exiled poet Mourid Barghouti until I read I Was Born There, I Was Born … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Women's journals in 19th century Egypt

I love seeing Western stereotypes of Middle Eastern and Muslim women messed around with. Here is an excerpt from today’s piece of light reading, Beth Baron’s The Women’s Awakening in … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Palestinian Christians protest Anglican chief’s occupation blindspot

Electronic Intifada, 29th July 2011 The archbishop’s comments attracted a rapid and angry response from senior Palestinian Christians. In a public letter to Williams, Naim Ateek, head of the Jerusalem-based … Continue reading

July 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Shalom/Salaam reviewed

From Friends of Al-Aqsa, 20th April 2011: The core thesis of Shalom/Salaam is that during the medieval period, the tolerance of Muslim authorities in Iraq, Egypt and Al-Andalus towards their … Continue reading

April 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

Women and the Egyptian Revolution

This evening’s bit of leftie tourism took me to the Resistance Centre on Swanston Street, one of the network of bookshop/infocentre/meeting venues, associated with Socialist Alliance, to be found around … Continue reading

March 15, 2011 · 1 Comment