Egyptian Author, Activist, Physician Nawal El-Saadawi Dies at 89

Egyptian author, activist, and physician Nawal El Saadawi -- one of the most widely translated Arab authors of the twentieth century -- died Sunday at the age of 89.

Get Your Free Sample of Newly Released /The Essential Nawal El Saadawi/

I seem to have come across a number of "essential" books  summarizing works by great Egyptian thinkers and writers: I recently read The Essential Tawfiq al Hakim (2008) and The Essential Yusuf Idris (2009), both out from AUC Press, and I see they also will be putting out an Essential Naguib Mahfouz later this year. … Continue reading Get Your Free Sample of Newly Released /The Essential Nawal El Saadawi/

World’s ’50 Most Influential Arabs’ Includes Which Literary Author?

I'm not quite sure who was polled, or how The Middle East magazine came up with their list of the 50 most influential Arabs. (Not another list!) But they included one author of literary fiction who was---now that I think of it---left off the Writers Union list of 105. Perhaps it's understandable: This author's most … Continue reading World’s ’50 Most Influential Arabs’ Includes Which Literary Author?