Well beyond the Arab world, El Saadawi’s fiction and non-fiction work, from Woman at Point Zero to The Fall of the Imam to her prison memoirs, have earned her a reputation as a refreshing voice of feminism in the Arab World. This series of essays form a selection of El Saadawi’s most recent musings, memories and reflections, considering the role of women in Egyptian and wider Islamic society, the inextricability of imperialism from the patriarchy, the meeting point of East and West, and the image and body politic of the woman in the intersections of those cultures. These musings leave no stone unturned and no view unchallenged, and offer the interested reader new insight into El Saadawi’s thoughts and reflections.
Nawal El Saadawi was born in 1931. She is an Egyptian feminist author, activist, physician and psychiatrist, whose writings focus on the subject of women in Islam. She is founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights.
Nariman Youssef is a London-based translator working in Arabic and English. Her translations include The American Granddaughter and Cigarette No. 7, as well as prose and poetry contributions in Words Without Borders, The Common, and Banipal magazine.