The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World

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This powerful account of brutality against women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. It was the horrific female genital mutilation that she suffered aged only six, which first awakened Nawal el Saadawi's sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, inspired her to write in order to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature.Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the just and peaceful Islam which she envisages. 

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Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist, and activist. She has published more than forty books, which have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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"Nawal el Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory." -- New York Times Book Review
"Scorching" -- New Internationalist
"A powerful indictment of the treatment of women in many parts of the Middle East." -- Labour Herald
"Woman at Point Zero should begin the long march towards a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of Arab women." -- Middle East International
"A dramatic symbolised version of female revolt against the norms of the Arab world." -- The Guardian
"El Saadawi has a flair for melodrama and mystery." -- International Journal of Middle East Studies

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