Saadawi is one of the greatest writers to come out of the Arab world. Saadawi has been pilloried, censored, imprisoned & exiled for her refusal to accept the oppressions imposed on women by gender & class.

A Daughter of Isis

Still, she continues to write. A Daughter of Isis is the first part of this extraordinary woman’s autobiography. In it she paints a sensuously textured portrait of the childhood that produced the freedom fighter: from the trauma of female genital mutilation at seven years old to eluding the grasp of suitors at the age of ten.

We see how, as a young adult qualifying, against the odds, as doctor, she moulded her own creative power into a weapon – and how her use of words became an act of rebellion against injustice.

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