Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: music and Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 22nd December 2014 In Beckles Willson’s case, however, a few important points stand out. One is her careful, sophisticated, but nevertheless uncompromising articulation of the deep-seated difference between … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Castration and sticky-back plastic

Now THIS is how you get web impressions, retweets and Facebook shares for an article which is, essentially, about medieval economics. You use a title like “Vikings raided monasteries to … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: ‘I Exist’ photo exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 19th June 2013 In a very different set of images, Jerusalem-based photographer Tanya Habjouqa documents the 2009 Arab Bodybuilding Championships in Amman, Jordan: dubbed the “Gaza Martyrs Tournament” … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Human rights’: how meaningless can this phrase become?

A really important article – and a bitter expose of the ironies of Western ‘human rights’ work – came out last night from Electronic Intifada. By Lebanese journalist and fixer … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Maxime Rodinson on ideology and oppression

Ideology always goes for the simplest solutions. It does not argue that an oppressed people is to be defended because it is oppressed and to the exact extent to which … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bodies

I’ve been thinking (not necessarily by choice) more than usual about my body in recent weeks. For reasons to do with both better fitness and some bouts of illness, I’ve … Continue reading

September 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment