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The Hidden Face of Eve By Nawal El Saadawi

The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal El Saadawi

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Presents an account of brutality against women in the Muslim world. This work explores the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. It argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the just and peaceful Islam.

The Hidden Face of Eve Summary

The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi

This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful 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, including female circumcision, drove her 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 essence of Islam or any human faith.

About Nawal El Saadawi

Egyptian novelist, doctor and militant writer on Arab women's problems and their struggle for liberation, Nawal el Saadawi was born in the village of Kafr Tahla. Refusing to accept the limitations imposed by both religious and colonial oppression on most women of rural origin, she qualified as a doctor in 1955 and rose to become Egypt's Director of Public Health. Since she began to write over 30 years ago, her books have concentrated on women. In 1972, her first work of non fiction, Women and Sex, evoked the antagonism of highly placed political and theological authorities, and the Ministry of Health was pressurised into dismissing her. Under similar pressures she lost her post as Chief Editor of a health journal and as Assistant General Secretary in the Medical Association in Egypt. From 1973 to 1976 she worked on researching women and neurosis in the Ain Shams University's Faculty of Medicine; and from 1979 to 1980 she was the United Nations Advisor for the Women's Programme in Africa (ECA) and Middle East (ECWA). Later in 1980, as a culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women's social and intellectual freedom, an activity that had closed all avenues of official jobs to her, she was imprisoned under the Sadat regime. She has since founded the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and devoted her time to being a writer, journalist and worldwide speaker on women's issues. With the publication by Zed Books in 1980 of The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World, English language readers were first introduced to the work of this major writer. Zed Books has also published four of her previous novels, Woman at Point Zero (1983), God Dies by the Nile (1985), The Circling Song (1989) and Searching (1991) as well as a collection of her non-fiction writings The Nawal El Saadawi Reader (1997). She has received three literary awards.

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

Additional information

CIN000540498
The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Zed Books Ltd
1980-12-01
240
0905762517
9780905762517
N/A
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