Saadawi, Nawal El

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Saadawi, Nawal El Gender: F
born on 27 October 1931 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Banha, Egypt, 30n28, 31e11
Timezone EET h2e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 02°41' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°23 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 04°55'

Nawal El Saadawi
photo: Boberger, license cc-by-3.0


Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She is founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites her retelling of her grandmother's account of her birth in "A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi" by Nawal El Saadawi (Spinifex, 2000), pp. 18-20: "With the first light of dawn creeping through the night of that month of October, before the sun came up ... with the last stroke of four dropping like a dying gasp from the ancient clock on the wall, rose a cry ... of a woman in labour which went through the night just once. Then there was a long heavy silence, as though both the woman and the child had died. ... after that one and only shriek ... the dark obstinate head thrust out slowly ... [and the baby went] out into the world as quickly as it could."


  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychiatrist
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer