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Patriarchy and the Rights of Women in the Arab World: Dr Nawal El Saadawi
Thursday 12 March 2015

Dr El-Saadawi - POSTER


Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, CASAW and the Alwaleed Centre were delighted to welcome Egyptian writer, feminist and activist, Dr Nawal El Saadawi to Edinburgh on Thursday 12 March 2015 to speak to an audience of around 300 people on ‘Patriarchy and the Rights of Women in the Arab World’.




We are excited to announce that this memorable event is now available as a podcast (courtesy of The Alwaleed Centre):


Nawal El Saadawi – A Short Biography

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist, medical doctor and fighter for women rights.

Her writing has influenced five generations of women and  men in Egypt, in other Arab speaking countries as well as in   many other societies, paving the way for dissidence, rebellion and revolution. For more than four decades shehas suffered   under Egyptian political and religious authorities, which has led court trials, imprisonment, exile, and death threats.

Nawal el Saadawi trained as a doctor, graduating in 1955 from Cairo University and later becoming Cairo’s Director of Public Health, as well as teaching at many universities worldwide. became politically active while practising medicine, attributing women’s problems to various forms of oppression, a subject covered in many of her novels, plays, short stories and non-fiction, which are all characterised by the same passion and directness she has brought to every aspect of her multi-faceted life.

Nawal has founded or co-founded various associations, including the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA) and the Egyptian Women Writer’s Association. Named by The Guardian in 2011 as ‘the leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world’, in the same year she also received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Women of the Year Awards in London, and was presented with La Federación de Mujeres Progresistas (FMP) [Progressive Women’s Federation (FMP)] in Madrid and The University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award.

Nawal El Saadawi writes in Arabic and lives in Egypt. Her books and novels have been translated into at least forty languages throughout the world.


Patriarchy and the Rights of Women in the Arab World, 12 March 2015

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