Egypt & Women
Feminism is often thought to be a western construct, however in this interview Nawal demonstrates how women in Egypt and other parts of the world, are, and have always been, struggling for their rights. Speaking from her experiences as an Egyptian writer and activist who has also spent time in US academia, she eloquently brings to light the unique challenges faced by women of color as well as some of the hypocrisies of the western “progressives”. Interview by David Barsamian.
Nawal El Saadawi is one of Egypt’s best-known dissidents and one of the Arab world’s most famous feminists. She studied at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cairo. She is founder of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association. In addition to her political work she is a major novelist. The Fall of the Imam was widely acclaimed. Her latest novel is The Innocence of the Devil. Her most recent political book is Memoirs from the Women’s Prison. A target of death threats in Egypt, she now teaches at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Her latest book is The Nawal El Saadawi Reader.