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Dr Sarah Irving

Teaching Fellow in History


Address Department of History
King's College London
S8.34, Strand
London WC2R 2LS


Sarah Irving studied archaeology & anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Political Economy at the University of Manchester. She spent 14 years as a writer, journalist, fair trade company director, and West Bank tour guide, amongst other roles, before returning to academia in 2011. She has since earned an MSc with distinction in Arab World Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has recently submitted her PhD there. She was lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History at Edge Hill University in 2016/17.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • History of Palestine 18th-20th centuries
  • Late Ottoman Empire
  • Intellectual and social history
  • Gender and labour in the Middle East
  • Arabic literature
Selected publications
  • “A Tale of two Yusifs: Recovering Arab agency in Palestine Exploration Fund excavations 1890–1924” (Palestine Exploration Quarterly, forthcoming 2017)
  • “Love as a Peace Process? Arab-Jewish love in the Anglophone Palestinian novels of Naomi Shihab Nye and Samir El-Youssef” (Commonwealth Essays & Studies 39,2 (July 2017))
  • “Gender, Conflict, and Muslim-Jewish Romance: Reading ʿAli Al-Muqri’s The Handsome Jew and Mahmoud Saeed’s The World through the Eyes of Angels”. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 12,3 (November 2016), 343-62
  • A Bird is Not a Stone: Palestinian poetry translated into the languages of Scotland (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014; edited with Henry Bell)
  • Leila Khaled: Icon of the Palestinian Revolution (London: Pluto Press, 2012)
Sarah Irving teaches nineteenth and twentieth century Middle Eastern history, with a particular focus on Palestine and on intellectual and cultural history.
Expertise and public engagement

Prior to returning to academia, Sarah Irving's books and other aspects of her work have led to radio, television and print/online media interviews for, amongst others, Channel 5,  Radio 4, and various TV and radio stations in Turkey and the Arabic-speaking world. She has written for a wide range of magazines and papers, including the Guardian and New Internationalist, and has been a regular public speaker, appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at political and literary events in the UK, Turkey and Australia. She is active on social media and as a blogger for historical sites including Trowelblazers and the Palestine Exploration Fund.









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