Nawal El-Saadawi is an internationally-renowned Egyptian writer and feminist. After studying psychiatry in Cairo, she practised medicine both in Egyptian cities and in the countryside. She became director of health education in Egypt, but her writing made her increasingly the focus of controversy. Her book Woman and Sex, published in 1972, dealt openly with subjects considered taboo. Several of her novels have been translated into English. Two Women in One, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Love in the Kingdom of Oil are also published by Saqi Books.
THE FALL OF THE IMAM
Who will overthrow the Imam? Who will defeat the oppression, the tyranny, the injustice and the killings?…Then, who is the Imam? Is he the man, the male, the father, the husband, the ruler, the leader? Bint Allah (the Daughter of God), a beautiful illegitimate girl, a child of sin, looked down upon by those around her, is falsely accused by the Imam of adulterous relationships and sentenced to death by stoning. This powerful and poetic novel by Egypt’s leading feminist writer reveals the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated religious state, and raises awareness of the insufferable predicament of women in a society which will ultimately self-destruct.
Publisher: SAQI BOOKS