Well beyond the Arab world, from Woman at Point Zero to The Fall of the Imam to her prison memoirs, El Saadawi’s fiction and non-fiction works have earned her a reputation in providing a fresh voice in feminist debates concerning the Middle East. This series of essays form a selection of El Saadawi’s most recent recollections and reflections consider the role of women in Egyptian and wider Islamic society, the inextricability of imperialism from patriarchy, the meeting point of East and West. The essays 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, ad Banipal magazine.