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Nawal El Saadawi
نوال السعداوى
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Nawal El Saadawi
Born (1931-10-27) 27 October 1931 (age 86)
Kafr Tahla, Egyp
Thrift Pheesician, psychiatrist, author, feminist
Hauf-marrae(s) Sherif Hatata (1964-present)
Childer 2

Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى‎‎, born 27 October 1931) is a Egyptian feminist writer, activist, pheesician an psychiatrist. She haes written mony beuks on the subject o weemen in Islam, payin pairticular attention tae the practice o female genital cuttin in her society.

She is foonder an preses o the Arab Weemen's Solidarity Association [1][2] an co-foonder o the Arab Association for Human Richts.[3] She haes been awairdit honorar degrees on three continents. In 2004, she wan the North-South prize frae the Cooncil o Europe. In 2005, the Inana International Prize in Belgium.[4]

Nawal el Saadawi haes held positions o Author for the Supreme Cooncil for Airts an Social Sciences, Cairo; Director General o the Halth Education Depairtment, Meenistry o Halth, Cairo, Secretar General o Medical Association, Cairo, Egyp, an Medical Doctor, University Hospital an Meenistry o Halth. She is the foonder o Halth Education Association an the Egyptian Weemen Writer’s Association; she wis Chief Editor o Health Magazine in Cairo, Egyp an Editor o Medical Association Magazine.[5][6]

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Saadawi haes written prolifically, placin some o her wirks online.[9] Her works include:

  • Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (1960, 1980; translatit bi Catherine Cobham, 1989)
  • Searching (1968; translated by Shirley Eber, 1991)
  • The Death of the Only Man in the World (1974; translatit bi Sherif Hetata, 1985) Published in Inglis unner the title God Dies by the Nile
  • Woman at Point Zero (1975; translatit bi Sherif Hetata, 1983)
  • The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World (1977; transl. bi Sherif Hetata, 1980)
  • The Circling Song (1978; transl. bi Marilyn Booth, 1989)
  • Death of an Ex-Minister (1980; transl. bi Shirley Eber, 1987)
  • She Has No Place in Paradise (1979; transl. bi Shirley Eber)
  • Two Women in One (1983; transl. bi Osman Nusairi an Jana Gough, 1985)
  • The Fall of the Imam (1987; transl. bi Sherif Hetata, 1988)
  • Memoirs from the Women's Prison (1984; transl. bi Marilyn Booth, 1994)
  • The Innocence of the Devil (1994; transl. bi Sherif Hetata, 1994)
  • North/South: The Nawal El Saadawi Reader (1997)
  • Love in the Kingdom of Oil, translatit bi Basil Hatim an Malcolm Williams (Saqi Books, 2000)
  • A Daughter of Isis
  • Dissidenza e scrittura (2008)
  • L'amore ai tempi del petrolio, translatit bi Marika Macco, introduction bi Luisa Morgantini, Editrice il Sirente, Fagnano Alto, 2009. ISBN 978-88-87847-16-1

PUBLICATION HISTORY: The follaein is a complete leet o her written wirks.[10] All originals in Arabic. Many have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Indonesian, Japanese, Iranian, Turkish, Urdu, and other 30 languages.

NOVELS (in Arabic):

  • Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (Cairo, 1958)
  • The Absent One (Cairo, 1969)
  • Two Women in One (Cairo, 1971)
  • Woman at Point Zero (Beirut, 1973)
  • The Death of the Only Man on Earth (Beirut, 1975)
  • The Children’s Circling Song (Beirut, 1976)
  • The Fall of the Imam (Cairo, 1987)
  • Ganat and the Devil (Beirut, 1991)
  • Love in the Kingdom of Oil (Cairo, 1993)
  • The Novel (Dar El Hilal Publishers Cairo 2004)
  • Zeina, Novel (Dar Al Saqi Beirut, 2009)


  • I Learnt Love (Cairo, 1957)
  • A Moment of Truth (Cairo, 1959)
  • Little Tenderness (Cairo, 1960)
  • The Thread and the Wall (Cairo, 1972)
  • Ain El Hayat (Beirut, 1976)
  • She was the Weaker (Beirut, 1977)
  • Death of an Ex-minister (Beirut, 1978)
  • Adab Am Kellet Abad (Cairo, 2000)

PLAYS (in Arabic):

  • Twelve Women in a Cell (Cairo, 1984)
  • Isis (Cairo, 1985)
  • God Resigns in the Summit Meeting (1996), published by Madbouli, and other four plays included in her Collected Works (45 books in Arabic ) published by Madbouli in Cairo 2007


  • Memoirs in a Women’s Prison (Cairo, 1983)
  • My Travels Around the World (Cairo, 1986)
  • Memoirs of a Child Called Soad (Cairo, 1990)
  • My Life, Part I, Autobiography (Cairo, 1996)
  • My Life, Part II, Autobiography (Cairo, 1998)
  • My Life, Part III, (Cairo, 2001)

BOOKS ( Non Fiction ) (in Arabic):

  • Women and Sex (Cairo, 1969)
  • Woman is the Origin (Cairo, 1971)
  • Men and Sex (Cairo, 1973)
  • The Naked Face of Arab Women (Cairo, 1974)
  • Women and Neurosis (Cairo, 1975)
  • On Women (Cairo, 1986)
  • A New Battle in Arab Women Liberation (Cairo, 1992)
  • Collection of Essays (Cairo, 1998)
  • Collection of Essays (Cairo, 2001)
  • Breaking Down Barriers (Cairo, 2004)


  • The Hidden Face of Eve [Study] (London: Zed Books, 1980) , re issued 2008
  • Woman at Point Zero [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1982), re issued 2008
  • God Dies by the Nile [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1984) reissued 2008
  • Circling Song [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1986) reissued 2008
  • The Fall of Imam [novel] (London: Methuen, 1987) Saqui Books London 2001 , 2009
  • Searching [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1988) reissued 2008
  • Death of an Ex-minister [short stories] (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • She has no Place in Paradise [short stories] (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • My Travel Around the World [non-fiction] (London: Methuen, 1985)
  • Memoirs from the Women’s Prison [non-fiction] (London: Women’s Press, 1985) (also: University of California Press, USA, 1995)
  • Two Women in One [novel] (London: Al-Saqi Books, 1992)
  • Memoirs of a Women Doctor [novel] (London: Methuen, 1994) (also: City Lights, USA, 1993)
  • The Well of Life [two novels] (London: Methuen, 1994)
  • The Innocence of the Devil [novel] (London: Methuen, 1994) (also: University of California Press, 1995)
  • Nawal El Saadawi Reader [non-fiction essays] (London: Zed Books, 1997)
  • Vol 11 Nawal El Saadawi Reader (Zed Books 2009)
  • Part I A Daughter of Isis [autobiography] (London: Zed Books, 1999) reissued 2008
  • Part II Walking Through Fire [autobiography] (London: Zed Books, 2002) reissued 2008
  • Love in the Kingdom of oil [novel] (London: Alsaqui Books, 2001)

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Hitchcock, Peter, Nawal el Saadawi, Sherif Hetata. “Living the Struggle.” Transition 61 (1993): 170-179.
  3. Nawal El Saadawi. “Presentation by Nawal El Saadawi: President's Forum, M/MLA Annual Convention, November 4, 1999.” The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 33.3-34.1 (Autumn, 2000 - Winter, 2001): 34-39.
  4. "PEN World Voices Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture by Nawal El Saadawi."
  7. "Motvillig El Saadawi får Dagermanpriset". SvD (in Swadish). Januar 9, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  8. ""Lydnad är ett dödligt gift"". Kultur (in Swadish). Mey 15, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  9. Works available online at Saadawi's website.

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