This powerful and poetic novel by "Egypt's most interesting feminist" (Booklist ) raises awareness of the predicament of women in Egypt. The book tells the story of Bint Allah, a beautiful illegitimate girl, whose father is the Imam—the religious ruler in Islamic society believed to be representative of God. Bint Allah is falsely accused by the Imam of adulterous relationships, then sentenced to death by stoning. It is through the eyes of Bint Allah that one can see the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated religious state.
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Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally-renowned Egyptian writer and feminist. Her book Woman and Sex, published in 1972, dealt openly with subjects considered taboo. Several of her novels have been translated into English. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.Review:
“El-Saadawi writes beautifully and in abundant and evocative physical detail of an Egypt that remains closely tied to the land and to a way of life that in many respects has not changed for centuries.” —Publishers Weekly
“More than any other woman, El-Saadawi has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“El-Saadawi is a straight shooter and one of the most controversial writers of the latter half of this century.” —Library Journal
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Book Description Random House UK Distribution, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0749390034