miriam cooke

Nawal El Saadawi: The Daughter of Goddess Isis who Fought for Justice

Women in Islam, 2023

How can anyone encompass the life of Nawal El Saadawi, a woman whose passionate pursuit of justice continued unabated until 21 March 2021, the day she died? It is not enough to cite the dozens of books she wrote that were translated into multiple languages, or to list the international prizes, awards and honorary doctorates she received, or to recall the many feminist, justice-seeking organisations she founded and supported. To do justice to the life of this extraordinary woman, one would have to fill several tomes. Accordingly, this essay will focus on Nawal’s autobiography, her own account of how she remembered her life and assigned it feminist meaning.