The Hidden Face of Eve
Women in the Arab World
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|Format:||Paperback, 368 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 22 June 2007|
This powerful account of brutality against women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. It was the horrific female genital mutilation that she suffered aged only six, which first awakened Nawal el Saadawi's sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, inspired her to write in order to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the just and peaceful Islam which she envisages.
Table of Contents
New Foreword by Ronak Husni Preface to the English Edition Introduction Part I - The Mutliated Half Chapter 1 - The Question that No One Would Answer Chapter 2 - Sexual Agression Against the Female Child Chapter 3 - The Grandfather with Bad Manners Chapter 4 - The Injustice of Justice Chapter 5 - The Very Fine Membrane Called 'Honour' Chapter 6 - Circumcision of Girls Chapter 7 - Obscurantism and Contradiction Chapter 8 - The Illegitimate Child and the Prostitute Chapter 9 - Abortion and Fertility Chapter 10 - Distorted Notions about Femininity, Beauty and Love Part II - Women in History Chapter 11 - The Thirteenth Rib of Adam Chapter 12 - Man the God, Woman the Sinful Chapter 13 - Woman at the Time of the Pharaohs Chapter 14 - Liberty to the Slave, But Not for the Woman Part III - The Arab Woman Chapter 15 - The Role of Women in Arab History Chapter 16 - Love and Sex in the Life of the Arabs Chapter 17 - The Heroine in Arab Literature Part IV - Breaking Through Chapter 18 - Arab Pioneers of Women's Liberation Chapter 19 - Work and Women Chapter 20 - Marriage and Divorce An Afterword
About the Author
Nawal El Saadawi was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. Unusually, she was educated along with her brothers, and graduated from the University of Cairo Medical School in 1955, specializing in psychiatry. For two years, she practiced as a medical doctor, both at the university and in her native Tahla. From 1958 until 1972, Saadawi worked as Director General for Public Health Education for the Egyptian government until she lost her job in the Egyptian government as a result of political pressure. The magazine, Health, which she had founded and edited for more than three years, was closed down. In 1981 Nawal el Saadawi publicly criticized the one-party rule of President Anwar Sadat, and was subsequently arrested and imprisoned. She was released one month after his assassination. In 1982, she established the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, which was outlawed in 1991. When, in 1988, her name appeared on a fundamentalist death list, she and her second husband, Sherif Hetata, fled to the USA, where she taught at Duke University and Washington State University. She returned to Egypt in 1996. In 2004 she presented herself as a candidate for the presidential elections in Egypt, with a platform of human rights, democracy and greater freedom for women. In July 2005, however, she was forced to withdraw her candidacy in the face of ongoing government persecution. Nawal El Saadawi has achieved widespread international recognition for her work. She holds honorary doctorates from the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso. Her many prizes and awards include the Great Minds of the Twentieth Century Prize, awarded by the American Biographical Institute in 2003, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe and the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2004. Her books have been translated into over 28 languages worldwide. They are taught in universities both in countries like Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia in the Islamic world, but also in the West. She now works as a writer, psychiatrist and activist. Her most recent novel, entitled Al Riwaya was published in Cairo in 2004.
'Nawal El Saadawi writes with a directness and passion transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory'' - New York Times Book Review 'The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world' The Guardian
|Publisher: ||Zed Books Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 13.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.39 kg)|