Nawal El Saadawi

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Nawal El Saadawi
نوال السعداوى
Nawal El Saadawi
Born27 October 1931(1931-10-27)
Kafr Tahla, Egyp
Dee'd21 Mairch 2021 (aged 89)
Cairo, Egyp
ThriftPheesician, psychiatrist, author, feminist
Hauf-marrae(s)Sherif Hatata (1964-2021)

Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى‎, born 27 October 1931; deed 21 Mairch 2021) wis 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 Internaitional Prize in Belgium.[4]

Nawal el Saadawi haes held poseetions o Author for the Supreme Cooncil for Airts an Social Sciences, Cairo; Director General o the Halth Eddication Depairtment, Meenistry o Halth, Cairo, Secretar General o Medical Association, Cairo, Egyp, an Medical Doctor, Varsity Hospital an Meenistry o Halth. She is the foonder o Halth Eddication 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]

Awairds an honors[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bibliografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

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 bi 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 Beuks, 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] Aw originals in Arabic. Mony hae been translated intae Inglis, French, German, Spaingie, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Indonesian, Japanese, Iranian, Turkish, Urdu, an ither 30 leids.

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 Luve (Cairo, 1957)
  • A Moment o Truth (Cairo, 1959)
  • Little Tenderness (Cairo, 1960)
  • The Thread an the Wall (Cairo, 1972)
  • Ain El Hayat (Beirut, 1976)
  • She wis the Weaker (Beirut, 1977)
  • Daith o an Ex-meenister (Beirut, 1978)
  • Adab Am Kellet Abad (Cairo, 2000)

PLAYS (in Arabic):

  • Twal Weemen in a Cell (Cairo, 1984)
  • Isis (Cairo, 1985)
  • God Resigns in the Summit Meetin (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 Weemen’s Prison (Cairo, 1983)
  • My Travels Aroond the Warld (Cairo, 1986)
  • Memoirs o a Child Called Soad (Cairo, 1990)
  • My Life, Pairt I, Autobiography (Cairo, 1996)
  • My Life, Pairt II, Autobiography (Cairo, 1998)
  • My Life, Pairt III, (Cairo, 2001)

BOOKS ( Non Fiction ) (in Arabic):

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


  • The Hidden Face o Eve [Study] (London: Zed Books, 1980) , re issued 2008
  • Woman at Point Zero [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1982), re issued 2008
  • God Dies bi the Nile [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1984) reissued 2008
  • Circling Sang [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1986) reissued 2008
  • The Faw o Imam [novel] (London: Methuen, 1987) Saqui Books London 2001 , 2009
  • Searching [novel] (London: Zed Books, 1988) reissued 2008
  • Daith o an Ex-meenister [short stories] (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • She haes no Place in Paradise [short stories] (London: Methuen, 1987)
  • My Traivel Aroond the Warld [non-fiction] (London: Methuen, 1985)
  • Memoirs frae the Weemen’s Prison [non-fiction] (London: Women’s Press, 1985) (also: University of California Press, USA, 1995)
  • Twa Weemen in Ane [novel] (London: Al-Saqi Books, 1992)
  • Memoirs o a Weemen Doctor [novel] (London: Methuen, 1994) (also: City Lights, USA, 1993)
  • The Well o Life [two novels] (London: Methuen, 1994)
  • The Innocence o 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)
  • Pairt I A Dochter o Isis [autobiography] (London: Zed Books, 1999) reissued 2008
  • Pairt II Walkin Throu Fire [autobiography] (London: Zed Books, 2002) reissued 2008
  • Luve in the Kinrick o ile [novel] (Lunnon: Alsaqui Beuks, 2001)

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Hitchcock, Peter, Nawal el Saadawi, Sherif Hetata. “Living the Struggle.” Transition 61 (1993): 170-179.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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."
  5. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 21 Februar 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 23 Mey 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Motvillig El Saadawi får Dagermanpriset". SvD (in Swadish). 9 Januar 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  8. ""Lydnad är ett dödligt gift"". Kultur (in Swadish). 15 Mey 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  9. Works available online at Saadawi's website Archived 2006-12-19 at the Wayback Machine.

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