Egypt

A Daughter of Isis: The Early Life of Nawal El Saadawi: The by Nawal El Saadawi

By Nawal El Saadawi

Retail quality

This is the 1st quantity of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, giving an emotionally shattering, yet splendidly lyrical, portrait of her formative years in a distant Egyptian village -- the early life that produced the liberty fighter. She describes vividly the tradition of where and time into which she was once born and in addition her intuitive -- and encouraging -- wish to go beyond the limitations pressured upon her as a result of her gender. From the very begin, escaping the snatch of attainable marriage on the age of ten, we see how she moulded her personal artistic energy right into a weapon and the way using phrases turned an act of uprising opposed to injustice, best first to her occupation as a physician and eventually to her iconic prestige as a novelist and political activist.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Daughter of Isis: The Early Life of Nawal El Saadawi: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi PDF

Similar egypt books

Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt

Spanning greater than millennia, Reflections of Osiris opens a small window right into a undying global, taking pictures the flavour of lifestyles in old Egypt via shiny profiles of 11 genuine humans and the god Osiris. a few of the figures profiled listed here are recognized. Ray discusses Imhotep, whom he calls "Egypt's Leonardo"--the royal architect of the Step Pyramid, excessive priest of the solar cult, and a guy of significant scientific ability.

The Prophet's Pulpit: Islamic Preaching in Contemporary Egypt (Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies)

Muslim preaching has been relevant in forming public opinion, construction grassroots corporations, and constructing management cadres for the broader Islamist schedule. in response to in-depth box study in Egypt, Patrick Gaffney specializes in the preacher and the sermon because the unmarried most vital medium for propounding the message of Islam.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a accomplished therapy of this historical country's background coupled with an exploration of the kingdom this present day. prepared via large subject matters, the booklet presents an outline of Ethiopia's actual and human geography, its heritage, its procedure of presidency, and the current fiscal scenario. however the ebook additionally offers an image of up to date society and tradition and of the Ethiopian humans.

Writing on the Wall: The Architectural Context of Late Assyrian Palace

It truly is too frequently forgotten that each Assyrian "historical" inscription functioned in a really particular context. This context encouraged its content material and how within which it was once perceived by way of old audience and readers. Russell's target is to deal with the reconstruction of the context of those inscriptions with a purpose to elucidate their unique effect.

Additional resources for A Daughter of Isis: The Early Life of Nawal El Saadawi: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi

Example text

Meaning, punish your women by not sleeping with them and by beating them.  In colloqual Arabic pronounced wesh, which means face or hymen. 3 God Above, Husband Below W hen I was a child I did not know whether my grandmother was laughing or crying. She was probably laughing, for after she had wiped the tears away her eyes shone with a sudden light, and she would begin to laugh again, almost choking as she held the black shawl over her nose and her mouth and muttered ‘Allah, let it lead to something good’, only to resume her laughing until the tears welled up in her eyes once more.

Maybe God will send you a man worth much more than the likes of Muhammad Al‑Shami, and his whole family too’, at which Aunt Ni’mat would pull out a white silk handkerchief and wipe her tears, hiding her face behind the handkerchief so I would not see her cry. Aunt Rokaya would then lift the hem of her black tarha and dab her eyes, her mouth concealed behind it as she mumbled, ‘I spent fourteen years of my life with that useless man, Muhammadein. Year after year he gave me hell, beat me every night before he swallowed his supper.

She used to say, if his mother was an Abyssinian of noble ancestry, why did God not mention her in the Qur’an the way he mentioned our Holy Mother Mary. And if she owned land and slaves like the queen of Sheba, why did the Qur’an omit to talk of her. Habasheya was certainly no more than a slave, or one of the Sultan’s concubines. She hated Al‑Saadawi like poison, said he was a devil, son of a devil. In the night his eyes gave out sparks of fire, and in the summer he disappeared as though swallowed up by the earth.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.92 of 5 – based on 10 votes