World Famous Egyptian Novelist
Hijri 1350-Present (AH); Common Era 1931-Present (CE)
Nawal El Saadawi is a world famous Egyptian novelist. She is the author of more than 40 books, fiction and non-fiction, and notably writes in Arabic. Her works range in topic but many detail the situations affecting women in Egypt. In 1969 Dr. El Saadawi published “Women and Sex,” which criticized Female Genital Cutting and linked sexual problems to political and economic oppression, and was banned by political and religious authorities. Shortly after, in 1972, she lost her job in the Egyptian Ministry of Health, and in 1981 she was sent to prison by then-Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat. Under constant scrutiny by the government and religious organizations, Dr. El Sadaawi continued to write about women in Egypt. As recently as 2001, three of her books were banned at the Cairo International Book Fair. She had been awarded several national and international literary prizes, lectured in many universities, and participated in many international and national conferences. In May 2009 she presented at the Arthur Miller Lecture at the Pen International Literary Festival in New York. Throughout her career her works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have been taught throughout the world.