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God Dies by the Nile

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Nawal el Saadawi's classic tale attempts to square Islam with a society in which women are respected as equals is as relevant today as ever. 'People have become corrupt everywhere. You can search in vain for Islam, or a devout Muslim. They no longer exist.' 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?


Nawal Saadawi was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist and physician. She wrote numerous books on the subject of women in Islam. She was described as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab World", and as "Egypt's most radical woman". 


Pre-Owned (from a private library)
Second Edition
Size: 130 x 200 mm
215 pages
Zed Books, 2007
Language: English
ISBN: 9781842778777
Condition: Good

God Dies by the Nile
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