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Saʻdāwī, Nawāl

Works: 404 works in 1,302 publications in 3 languages and 19,667 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Trials, litigation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Sources 
Roles: Interviewee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PJ7862.A3, 892.736
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The hidden face of Eve : women in the Arab world by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
23 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a personal and often disturbing account of growing up into womanhood in the Islamic world. The author ranges over a host of topics, from sexual aggression against female children and the circumcision of young girls, to prostitution, sexual relationships, marriage and divorce. She relates women's position in the Middle East to the struggles between the left and right in Islam, and shows how the political priorities of Western and Third World women differ.--
Woman at point zero by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
23 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
So begins Firdaus' story, leading to her grimy Cairo prison cell, where she welcomes her death sentence as a relief from her pain and suffering. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffers a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education is ignored by her family, and on leaving school she is forced to marry a much older man. Following her escapes from violent relationships, she finally meets Sharifa who tells her that 'A man does not know a woman's value... the higher you price yourself the more he will realise what you are really worth' and leads her into a life of prostitution. Desperate and alone, she takes drastic action. -- Publisher description
The Nawal El Saadawi reader by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two women in one by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
17 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bahiah Shaheen, an eighteen-year-old medical student and daughter of a prominent Egyptian public official, finds the male students in her class coarse and alien. Her father, too, seems to belong to a race apart. Frustrated by her hard-working, well-behaved, middle-class public persona, her meeting with a stranger at a gallery one day proves to be the beginning of her road to self-discovery and the start of her realisation that fulfilment in life is indeed possible. Two Women in One is the story of countless women in the Third World, and speaks of their quest for emancipation and dignity
God dies by the Nile by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
14 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kafr El Teen is a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile. Yet at its heart it is tyrannical and corrupt. The Mayor, Sheikh Hamzawi of the mosque, and the Chief of the Village Guard are obsessed by wealth and use and abuse the women of the village, taking them as slaves, marrying them and beating them. Resistance, it seems, is futile. Zakeya, an ordinary villager, works in the fields by the Nile and watches the world, squatting in the dusty entrance to her house, quietly accepting her fate. It is only when her nieces fall prey to the Mayor that Zakeya becomes enraged by the injustice of her society and possessed by demons. Where is the loving and peaceful God in whom Zakeya believes?
The innocence of the Devil by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nawal El Saadawi's books are known for their powerful denunciation of patriarchy in its many forms: social, political, and religious. Set in an insane asylum, The Innocence of the Devil is a complex and chilling novel that recasts the relationships of God and Satan, of good and evil. Intertwining the lives of two young women as they discover their sexual and emotional powers, Saadawi weaves a dreamlike narrative that reveals how the patriarchal structures of Christianity and Islam are strikingly similar: physical violation of women is not simply a social or political phenomenon, it is a religious one as well. While more measured in tone than Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Saadawi's novel is similar in its linguistic, literary, and philosophical richness. Evoking a world of pain and survival that may be unfamiliar to many readers, it speaks in a universal voice that reaches across cultures and is the author's most potent weapon. -- Publisher description
The fall of the Imam by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This powerful and poetic novel by "Egypt's most interesting feminist" ("Booklist") raises awareness of the predicament of women in Egypt. The book tells the story of Bint Allah, a beautiful illegitimate girl, whose father is the Imam--the religious ruler in Islamic society believed to be representative of God. Bint Allah is falsely accused by the Imam of adulterous relationships, then sentenced to death by stoning. It is through the eyes of Bint Allah that one can see the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated religious state
The circling song by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
9 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hamida and Hamido are twins, grown from a single embryo inside one womb. Violently parted, they search the city in the darkening circles of a dream, only to find, lose and find each other, each time as if it were the first. Their journey -- terrifying and exact -- leads to an unbroken cycle of corruption and brutality. With a precise and hypnotic intensity, Circling Song pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche. -- Back cover
Memoirs of a woman doctor : a novel by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
15 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Rebelling against the contraints of family and society, a young Egyptian woman decides to study medicine, becoming the only woman in a class of men. Her encounters with the other students- as well as the male and female corpses in the autopsy room- intensify her dissatisfaction with and search for identity. She realizes men are not gods as her mother had taught her, that science cannot explain everything, and that she cannot be satisfied by living a life purely of the mind. After a brief and unhappy marriage, she throws herself into her work, becoming a successful physician, but at the same time, she becomes aware of injustice and hypocrisy in society. Fulfillment and love come to her at last in a wholly unexpected way."-- Book jacket
Searching by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fouada meets Farid, her lover, every Tuesday in a restaurant overlooking the Nile. But this week their usual table is deserted. She calls his home, but the shrilling of the telephone echoes in an empty room. Farid has disappeared. As she searches for him, Fouada becomes tormented by questions. She is a trained research chemist, but works in a dead-end ministry job. Convinced that she has something to give to the world, she cannot find it. What is it? Why does she search? Searching expresses the poignancy of loss and doubt with the hypnotic intensity of a remembered dream. -- Publisher description
Zeina by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bodour, a distinguished literary critic and university professor, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student, she fell in love with a political activist and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo. Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, despite being deprived of a name and a home. In contrast, Bodour remains trapped in a loveless marriage, pining for her daughter. In an attempt to find solace she turns to literature, writing a fictionalised account of her life. But then the novel goes missing. Bodour is forced on a journey of self discovery, reliving and reshaping her past and her future. Will Bodour ever discover who stole the novel? Is there any hope of her being reunited with Zeina?
She has no place in paradise by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
6 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Death of an ex-minister by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
7 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Woman against her sex : a critique of Nawal el-Saadawi with a reply by Nawal el-Saadawi by Jūrj Ṭarābīshī ( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond borders-- Arab feminists talk about their lives-- East and West ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the Arab world, women are fighting a two-front war against repressive internal constraints and intrusive Western interference. In this program, a feminist delegation composed of author Nawal Sadawi and other renowned activists from the Middle East and North Africa gathers at the UN, on college campuses, and in church basements to speak out about deterioration of women's rights in the Arab states in an effort to heighten awareness of the Arab feminist struggle for equality--and the effects of U.S. foreign policy on their efforts
Love in the kingdom of oil by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A woman disappears without a trace. The police commissioner investigating the case enquires: was she of dubious morals, was she the rebellious sort? Nobody understands how a woman could simply walk away from it all, leaving husband and home behind. After all, in the?kingdom of oil' where?His Majesty' reigns supreme, no woman has ever dared disobey the command of men. When she finally reappears there is a blurring of the distinctions between the men in her life. She leaves one to become the wife of another, and when she eventually returns to her first husband, she finds he has taken a ne
The novel by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""The novel caused tremendous outrage."" "So begins Nawal El Saadawi's tenth novel. And indeed, when the famous Egyptian psychiatrist and writer released The Novel in 2005, it was banned all over the Arab world. But the novel inside The Novel is by a young woman - a woman who is only 23 years old, who has "no family, no university degree, no national identity card," whose name does not appear on this "lists of prominent women writers." A woman, that is, whose biography is as unlike Saadawi's own as possible, as if she has stripped herself of all the effects of her own worldly existence to explore something earlier, more elemental, than the political work for which she is so well known." "In following the life of this young, unnamed, woman writer as it intersects with those of a famous writer named Rostum, his wife Carmen, and a poet called Miriam, El Saadawi gives us a deeply felt exploration of the nature of identity, of fame, of writing, and of freedom."--Jacket
The well of life and, The thread : two short novels by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
al-Ḥubb fī zaman al-nafṭ : riwāyah by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Arabic and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En kvindelig arkæolog tager på sin fridag ud til en landsby for at grave. Hun bliver forhindret i at komme tilbage samme aften, men loven forbyder at give en enlig kvinde husly
Kānat hiya al-aḍʻaf : qiṣaṣ by Nawāl Saʻdāwī ( Book )
22 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in Arabic and Undetermined and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En samling korte noveller som beskriver kvinden og manden i samfundet
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Alternative Names
al-Sa'dawi, Nawal
al-Saʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-
Alsaʻdaṿi, Naṿal
Alsadavi, Naval 1931-
as-Saaʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-
as-Saʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-
el-saadawi, Nawal
El-Saadawi, Nawal 1931-
el Saadoui, Naoual
El Saadoui, Naoual 1931-
El Sa'daawi, Nawal 1931-
El Sadawi, Nawal 1931-
ElSaadawi, Nawal 1931-
ElSaadoui, Naoual 1931-
ElSa'daawi, Nawal 1931-
Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī
Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī 1931-...
Nawāl as-Saʿdāwī 1931-
Nawāl as-Saiyid as-Saʿdāwī 1931-
Nawāl Bint-as-Saiyid Ibn-Ḥabaš as-Saʿdāwī 1931-
Nawal el Saadawi
Saadaoui, Naoual
Saadaoui, Naoual el
Saadaoui Naoual el 1931-....
Saadawi, Nawal
Saàdāwī, Nawāl 1931-
Saadawi, Nawal el-
Saa̕dawi, Nawal el 1931-
Saadoui, Naoual el
Saadoui, Naoual el- 1931-
Saʿdaawi, Nawal 1931-
Sa'daawi, Nawal el 1931-
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl 1931-
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl al-
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl al- 1931-
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl as- 1931-
Saʿdāwī, Nawāl Bint-as-Saiyid as- 1931-
Sa'Dawi , Nawal el
Sa'ddawi, Nawal 1931-
Sayed el Saadawi Nawa Zaynab el 1931-....
Sayed, Nawal Zaynab el-
Sayed Nawal Zaynab el 1931-....
Seddavi, Neval El 1931-
אלסעדאוי, נואל 1931-
אס-סעדאוי, נואל
נואל אס־סעדאוי
السعداوي, نوال
السعداوي نوال 1931-....
‮سعداوي، نوال.
سعداوي، نوال 1931-
سعدوى، نوال
نوال السعداوي
نوال السعداوي، 1931-
エル・サーダウィ, ナワル
サーダウィ, ナワル・エル
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