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

Hilarion Capucci: a reminder of resistance history

Hilarion ibn Bashir Capucci died today (along with a lot of other people, no doubt, probably quite a few in his home city of Aleppo). Capucci caught my attention, though, … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

“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: 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

Launching 'Leila Khaled' in Palestine

It’s now a week since I came back to Amman from doing three book launches for the Leila Khaled biography in Palestine – Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem. All three events … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

New article: exhibition review – Darat al-Funun

Electronic Intifada, 9th July 2012 In the picturesque surroundings of the Darat al Funun gallery in downtown Amman, Jordan, artist Jumana Abboud stands squeezing lemon after lemon by hand, using … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: 'The Beloved' at the Bush Theatre reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 6th June 2012 The story of Abraham and his sons Ismail and Isaac lies at the heart of the religious and mythological relationships between the Arab and Jewish … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 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

Photos, 1948

When you’re looking for one thing, often you find something else, equally interesting and distressingly diverting. Today, I came across two examples of the work of John Phillips, the photojournalist … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bradt Guide to Palestine – finally out

So, I now have not only a lone advance copy of my new Bradt Guide to Palestine, but a box filled with all my author comps. It’s officially for sale … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Omar Rahman on an inspirational attempt to keep Palestinian culture alive in Jerusalem

Omar Rahman has contributed this moving feature to the 972 online magazine, covering the Al-Quds Underground Festival. This semi-clandestine array of performances and exhibitions was, say organisers, a response to … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Nakba and gay rights in Palestine and Israel

I spent an interesting Nakba weekend at Temperatures Rising, a conference on Palestinian liberation organised by a collective from CJPP. One of the most fascinating workshops – and, apparently, the … Continue reading

May 17, 2011

The Institute for Anarchist Studies Winter 2011 awards

I have reason to be grateful to the Institute for Anarchist Studies. They gave Manchester Radical History the first small grant which helped us get going, not just by publishing … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · Leave a comment