People in Islam: Nawal el Saadawi — Egyptian feminist, author, and women’s rights advocate.
Among the most controversial and outspoken women of the century, Nawal el Saadawi has been an interesting search. An Egyptian feminist, socialist, and author, Nawal has been accused of apostasy for her “radical” ideas of Islam with regards to fundamentalism, women’s rights, and religion. Despite the fact that many of her books have gone banned by Egypt’s ex-President Anwar Sadat, she has found motivation to battle against the claims that have been presented upon her. And with that, for many Arab feminists, she is an ultimate inspiration.
According to sources, Johannesburg’s Mail & Guardian describes her as “One of Egypt’s most outspoken women [and] the new Salman Rushdie.” And since she began to write over 25 years ago, El Saadawi’s books (27 in all) have concentrated on women, particularly Arab women, their sexuality and legal status, and because of this, she is understood as successful.
I know I’m going to get a lot of ish for this, but I’m ordering a few of her books soon, and I know for a fact that it wont come to disappoint.