Nawâl El Saadâwi (السعداوي نوال)
From Wikipedia: “Nawâl El Saadâwi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society.” She was born in Kafr Tahla, Egypt.
Try this: Woman at Point Zero by Nawâl El Saadâwi
Overview of Woman at Point Zero from barnesandnoble.com:
“Nawâl El Saadâwi’s highly acclaimed feminist novel, Woman at Point Zero, follows the life of Firdaus, an Egyptian peasant girl, from her childhood of incomprehensible cruelty and neglect to her end in a grimy Cairo prison cell. From her earliest memories, Firdaus suffered at the hands of men—first her abusive father, then her violent, much older husband, to finally her deceitful boyfriend-turned-pimp. After a lifetime of abuse, she at last takes drastic action against the males ruling her life. Still as beautiful and cutting as it was when it was first published, this new edition will continue to resonate powerfully with readers for years to come.”
Hudā Shaʿrāwī (شعراوي هدى)
From Wikipedia: “Hudā Shaʿrāwī was a pioneering Egyptian feminist leader, nationalist, and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union.” She was born in Minya, Egypt.
Try this: Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924 / Edition 1 by Hudā Shaʿrāwī
Overview of Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924 / Edition 1 from barnesandnoble.com:
“In this firsthand account of the private world of a harem in colonial Cairo, Shaʿrāwī recalls her childhood and early adult life in the seclusion of an upper-class Egyptian household, including her marriage at age thirteen. Her subsequent separation from her husband gave her time for an extended formal education, as well as an unexpected taste of independence. Shaʿrāwī’s feminist activism grew, along with her involvement in Egypt’s nationalist struggle, culminating in 1923 when she publicly removed her veil in a Cairo railroad station, a daring act of defiance.”
Salwa Bakr (سلوى بكر)
From Wikipedia: “Salwa Bakr is an Egyptian critic, novelist and author. She was born in the Matariyya district in Cairo in 1949. Her father was a railway worker. She studied business at Ain Shams University, gaining a BA degree in 1972.” She was born in Al-Matariyyah, Egypt.
Try this: The Man from Bashmour by Salwa Bakr
Overview of The Man from Bashmour from barnesandnoble.com:
“Egypt in the ninth century ad: an Arab, Muslim ruling class governs a country of mostly Coptic-speaking Christians. After an exorbitant land tax imposed by the caliph’s governors sparks a peasant revolt, Budayr is dispatched to the marshlands of the Nile Delta as an escort for a church-appointed emissary whose mission is to persuade the rebels to lay down their arms. But he is soon caught up in a swirl of events and concerns that alter the course of his life irrevocably, setting him on a path he could never have foreseen. The events that befall him and the insights he gains from them bring about a gradual but inexorable personal transformation, through which his eyes are opened to the fundamental commonalities practical, spiritual, and existential that bind Muslims and Copts, and he emerges as an emissary of a new sort. Hailed as a groundbreaking treatment of otherwise neglected aspects of medieval history, The Man from Bashmour is an exploration of the Egyptian character past and present, and offers insights into Egyptian thought on everything from love, philosophy, and religion to life and death.”
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