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

Review: Ghassan Zaqtan’s ‘Describing the Past’

The Electronic Intifada, 3rd October 2016 The theme of the unstable balance between myth and memory recurs constantly throughout the novella. “Things evaporate and die if they don’t find someone … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

New review: ‘Erased from Space and Consciousness’

Electronic Intifada, 28th December 2015 The core of Kadman’s thesis is her study of Israeli documents, which examines the language and narratives employed to talk about depopulated Palestinian villages. Her … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: ‘The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism’

Electronic Intifada, 21st October 2015 This edited volume… gives a broad, reasonably approachable — but also detailed — account of the 20th-century history, political situation and social, economic and cultural … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reviewed: Checkpoint 303’s ‘Iqrit Files’

Electronic Intifada, 14th October 2015 Palestinian songs, poetry, history and landscapes provide the starting point for an album which combines them with the much more youthful sounds of drum and … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Lital Levy’s ‘Poetic Trespass’

Electronic Intifada, 19 May 2015 Rather, Levy puts forward an analysis of the ways in which literature and language have operated in the dark corners of this power-ridden, unequal environment. … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 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: 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

Palestine’s lost villages

Zochrot is an Israeli organisation which tries to educate people about the ignored Palestinian history which underlies every Israeli city, town, village, national park… one of the ways it does … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 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