WorldCat Identities

Saʻdāwī, Nawāl

Works: 442 works in 1,732 publications in 12 languages and 21,799 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Drama  Domestic fiction  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Translator, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, con
Classifications: PJ7862.A3, 892.736
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Nawāl Saʻdāwī
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Most widely held works by Nawāl Saʻdāwī
The hidden face of Eve : women in the Arab world by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

74 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a personal and often disturbing account of growing up into womanhood in the Islamic world. The author ranges over a host of topics, from sexual aggression against female children and the circumcision of young girls, to prostitution, sexual relationships, marriage and divorce. She relates women's position in the Middle East to the struggles between the left and right in Islam, and shows how the political priorities of Western and Third World women differ.--
Woman at point zero by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

95 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So begins Firdaus' story, leading to her grimy Cairo prison cell, where she welcomes her death sentence as a relief from her pain and suffering. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus suffers a childhood of cruelty and neglect. Her passion for education is ignored by her family, and on leaving school she is forced to marry a much older man. Following her escapes from violent relationships, she finally meets Sharifa who tells her that 'A man does not know a woman's value ... the higher you price yourself the more he will realise what you are really worth' and leads her into a life of prostitution. Desperate and alone, she takes drastic action. -- Publisher description
The Nawal El Saadawi reader by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundel met o.a. al eerder gepubliceerde teksten in Women's Studies International Forum; Women: a cultural review en in Freedom Review
God dies by the Nile by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

57 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafr El Teen is a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile. Yet at its heart it is tyrannical and corrupt. The Mayor, Sheikh Hamzawi of the mosque, and the Chief of the Village Guard are obsessed by wealth and use and abuse the women of the village, taking them as slaves, marrying them and beating them. Resistance, it seems, is futile. Zakeya, an ordinary villager, works in the fields by the Nile and watches the world, squatting in the dusty entrance to her house, quietly accepting her fate. It is only when her nieces fall prey to the Mayor that Zakeya becomes enraged by the injustice of her society and possessed by demons. Where is the loving and peaceful God in whom Zakeya believes?
Two women in one by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

57 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Women in One is the story of Bahiah Shaheen, an 18-year-old medical student and daughter of a prominent Egyptian public official. She finds the male students in her class rough, coarse and alien. Her father, too, seems to belong to a race apart, and the young woman has long ceased to be surprised at not being her real self in his presence. But what, she wonders, is this real self? Of one thing she is certain: it is not the hard-working, well-behaved medical student from the comfortable middle-class background familiar to all who know her. One day, while looking at a painting in an exhibition, a stranger engages her in conversation. This proves to be the beginning of Bahiah Shaheen's road to self-discovery and the start of her realization that fulfilment in life is indeed possible. Two Women in One is, in fact, the story of countless women in the Third World, and speaks to their quest for emancipation and dignity. It is a reminder to women everywhere that hope must never yield to despair, that the future can hold brighter promise
The fall of the Imam by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The innocence of the Devil by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nawal El Saadawi's books are known for their powerful denunciation of patriarchy in its many forms: social, political, and religious. Set in an insane asylum, The Innocence of the Devil is a complex and chilling novel that recasts the relationships of God and Satan, of good and evil. Intertwining the lives of two young women as they discover their sexual and emotional powers, Saadawi weaves a dreamlike narrative that reveals how the patriarchal structures of Christianity and Islam are strikingly similar: physical violation of women is not simply a social or political phenomenon, it is a religious one as well. While more measured in tone than Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Saadawi's novel is similar in its linguistic, literary, and philosophical richness. Evoking a world of pain and survival that may be unfamiliar to many readers, it speaks in a universal voice that reaches across cultures and is the author's most potent weapon. -- Publisher description
The circling song by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamida and Hamido are twins, grown from a single embryo inside one womb. Violently parted, they search the city in the darkening circles of a dream, only to find, lose and find each other, each time as if it were the first. Their journey -- terrifying and exact -- leads to an unbroken cycle of corruption and brutality. With a precise and hypnotic intensity, Circling Song pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche. -- Back cover
Searching by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

41 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fouada meets Farid, her lover, every Tuesday in a restaurant overlooking the Nile. But this week their usual table is deserted. She calls his home, but the shrilling of the telephone echoes in an empty room. Farid has disappeared. As she searches for him, Fouada becomes tormented by questions. She is a trained research chemist, but works in a dead-end ministry job. Convinced that she has something to give to the world, she cannot find it. What is it? Why does she search? Searching expresses the poignancy of loss and doubt with the hypnotic intensity of a remembered dream. -- Publisher description
Death of an ex-minister by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

33 editions published between 1978 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En samling noveller som giver en nøje beskrivelse af forholdet mellem mand og kvinde, som bygger på mandens styrke og autoritet
Memoirs of a woman doctor : a novel by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

31 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rebelling against the contraints of family and society, a young Egyptian woman decides to study medicine, becoming the only woman in a class of men. Her encounters with the other students- as well as the male and female corpses in the autopsy room- intensify her dissatisfaction with and search for identity. She realizes men are not gods as her mother had taught her, that science cannot explain everything, and that she cannot be satisfied by living a life purely of the mind. After a brief and unhappy marriage, she throws herself into her work, becoming a successful physician, but at the same time, she becomes aware of injustice and hypocrisy in society. Fulfillment and love come to her at last in a wholly unexpected way."--Jacket
She has no place in paradise by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zeina by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bodour, a distinguished literary critic, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student, she fell in love with a political activist and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo. Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, despite being deprived of a family name and a home. Bodour in turn remains trapped in a loveless marriage, pining for her daughter and lost love. In an attempt to find solace, she writes a fictionalised account of her life, which then mysteriously gets stolen. Set against the backdrop of r
Beyond borders by Martin Campbell( Visual )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National liberation movements in the Middle East in the 1950's and 60's held the promise of women's equality, but Arab women still face oppression. They must fight a two-front war against repressive internal restraints and Western interference. This film follows a delegation of Arab women activists (including author Nawal Saadawi) as they tour the United States, to sensitize North Americans to Arab feminism and the effects of American foreign policy. They discuss the deterioration of women's rights in the Middle East, how conservative regimes are allied to a conservative interpretation of Islam, and the Gulf War as a setback for women in the Middle East
The novel by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Arabic and English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The novel caused tremendous outrage."" "So begins Nawal El Saadawi's tenth novel. And indeed, when the famous Egyptian psychiatrist and writer released The Novel in 2005, it was banned all over the Arab world. But the novel inside The Novel is by a young woman - a woman who is only 23 years old, who has "no family, no university degree, no national identity card," whose name does not appear on this "lists of prominent women writers." A woman, that is, whose biography is as unlike Saadawi's own as possible, as if she has stripped herself of all the effects of her own worldly existence to explore something earlier, more elemental, than the political work for which she is so well known." "In following the life of this young, unnamed, woman writer as it intersects with those of a famous writer named Rostum, his wife Carmen, and a poet called Miriam, El Saadawi gives us a deeply felt exploration of the nature of identity, of fame, of writing, and of freedom."--Jacket
The well of life and, the thread : two short novels by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nederl. titel: De draad en het levensoog. Een bureau-redactrice van een krant in Cairo en een vrouw uit een vluchtelingenkamp in Jordanië zoeken naar de eigen identiteit
Love in the kingdom of oil by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman disappears without a trace. The police commissioner investigating the case enquires: was she of dubious morals, was she the rebellious sort? Nobody understands how a woman could simply walk away from it all, leaving husband and home behind. After all, in the 'kingdom of oil' where 'His Majesty' reigns supreme, no woman has ever dared disobey the command of men. When she finally reappears there is a blurring of the distinctions between the men in her life. She leaves one to become the wife of another, and when she eventually returns to her first husband, she finds he has taken a new wife. In many ways, to her all men are one and the same ... In this rich novel El-Saadawi dares anew to confront major issues and questions surrounding a woman's role and position in a repressive, patriarchal order. -- Back cover
al-Ḥubb fī zaman al-nafṭ : riwāyah by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Arabic and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En kvindelig arkæolog tager på sin fridag ud til en landsby for at grave. Hun bliver forhindret i at komme tilbage samme aften, men loven forbyder at give en enlig kvinde husly
Memoirs from the women's prison by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in Arabic and English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1e dr. 1983
A daughter of Isis : the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiografie van de Egyptische schrijfster (geboren in 1931)
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.40 (from 0.01 for A critical ... to 0.78 for The day Mu ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Nawal El Saadawi reader
Alternative Names
al-Saʿdāwī, Nawāl

al-Saʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-

Alsaʻdaṿi, Naṿal

Alsadavi, Naval 1931-

as-Saaʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-

as-Saʻdāwī, Nawāl 1931-

as-Saʿdāwī, Nawāl as- 1931-

el-saadawi, Nawal

El-Saadawi, Nawal 1931-

El-Saadawi, Nawal El- 1931-

el Saadoui, Naoual

El Saadoui, Naoual 1931-

El Sa'daawi, Nawal 1931-

El Sadawi, Nawal 1931-

ElSaadawi, Nawal 1931-

ElSaadoui, Naoual 1931-

ElSa'daawi, Nawal 1931-

Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī

Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī 1930-....

Nawāl al-Saʿdāwī 1931-...

Nawal al-Sa'dawi scrittrice e psichiatra egiziana

Nawal as-Sadawi

Nawāl as-Saʿdāwī 1931-

Nawāl as-Saiyid as-Sa'dāwī.

Nawāl as-Saiyid as-Saʿdāwī 1931-

Nawāl Bint-as-Saiyid Ibn-Ḥabaš as-Saʿdāwī 1931-

Nawal el Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi ägyptische Schriftstellerin, Feministin und Menschenrechtlerin

Nawal El Saadawi Egyptian dissident

Nawal El Saadawi Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist

Nawal el Saadawi Egyptisch auteur

Nevâl es-Saadavi

Saadaoui, Naoual.

Saadaoui, Naoual, 1931-

Saadaoui, Naoual el

Saadaoui Naoual el 1930-....

Saadaoui, Naoual el 1931-

Saadawi, Nawal

Saàdāwī, Nawāl 1931-

Saadawi, Nawal el-

Saadawi Nawal el- 1930-....

Saa̕dawi, Nawal el 1931-

Saadoui, Naoual el

Saadoui, Naoual el- 1931-

Saʿdaawi, Nawal 1931-

Sa'daawi, Nawal el 1931-

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl 1931-

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl al-

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl al- 1931-

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl as- 1931-

Saʿdāwī, Nawāl Bint-as-Saiyid as- 1931-

Sa'Dawi , Nawal el

Sa'ddawi, Nawal 1931-

Sayed el Saadawi, Nawa.

Sayed el Saadawi, Nawa Zaynab, 1931-

Sayed el Saadawi Nawa Zaynab el 1930-....

Sayed el Saadawi, Nawa Zaynab el 1931-...

Sayed, Nawal Zaynab el-.

Sayed Nawal Zaynab el 1930-....

Sayed, Nawal Zaynab el 1931-...

Seddavi, Neval El 1931-

Ναβάλ Ελ Σααντάουι

אל-סעדאוי, נואל

אלסעדאוי, נואל 1931-

אס-סעדאוי, נואל

נואל אס־סעדאוי

נוואל א-סעדאווי

السعداوي, نوال

السعداوي، نوال، ١٩٣٠-

السعداوي، نوال،, ١٩٣٠م-

السعداوي، نوال 1931-

‮سعداوي، نوال

سعداوي، نوال، 1931-

سعدوى، نوال

نوال السعداوى

نوال السعداوي

نوال السعداوي، 1931-

نوال سعداوی

نەوال ئەلسەعداوی

エル・サーダウィ, ナワル


サーダウィ, ナワル・エル



Woman at point zeroThe Nawal El Saadawi readerGod dies by the NileTwo women in oneThe fall of the ImamThe innocence of the DevilThe circling songSearching