The Hidden Face of Eve (3rd ed.)

Women in the Arab World

by Nawal El Saadawi, Doctor Ronak Husni,

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This powerful non-fiction account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago.

Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful 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, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on to 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 essence of Islam or any human faith.

The Hidden Face of Eve remains a classic of modern Arab writing.

  • Zed Books; October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781783607495
  • Edition: 3
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  • Title: The Hidden Face of Eve
  • Author: Nawal El Saadawi; Doctor Ronak Husni (other); Sherif Hetata (ed.)
  • Imprint: Zed Books
Subject categories
  • 9780905762500
  • 9781783607495
  • 9781783607501

In The Press

'The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world'
The Guardian

'A harrowing exposé of the abuse of women in the Arab world'
London Review of Books

'The Arab world's leading feminist and iconoclast'
Fedwa Malti-Davis

‘Nawal El Saadawi has become something of a heroine for many young Arab women … a cry from the heart.’
MESA Bulletin

‘Nawal El Saadawi speaks directly on behalf of many women in the Third World and the daily struggles they face.’
West Africa

‘The most recognisable name in Egyptian and Middle Eastern feminism … poignant, penetrating yet simple.’
Library Journal

About The Author

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for women’s rights both within Egypt and abroad. She holds honorary doctorates from, among others, the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso as well as Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her many prizes and awards include the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2003, the Council of Europe North–South Prize in 2004, the Women of the Year Award (UK) in 2011, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland) in 2012, and the French National Order of Merit in 2013. Her books have been translated into over forty languages worldwide. They are taught in universities across the world.