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Nawal El Saadawi
نوال السعداوى
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Nawal El Saadawi
Born (1931-10-27) October 27, 1931 (age 89)
OccupationPhysician, psychiatrist, author, feminist
Spouse(s)Sherif Hatata (1964-present)

Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى, born October 27, 1931) is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written 47 books about the problems of women in Egypt. She is a Marxist.

Early life and career

Saadawi was born in the small village of Kafr Tahla. When Saadawi was six years old her clitoris was cut off by a midwife at her home. Saadawi graduated as a medical doctor in 1955 from Cairo University. In 1958 her first novel, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, was published. Her first non-fiction work was published in 1972. In 1981 Saadawi helped publish a feminist magazine, Confrontation. Her memoir was published in 1986. El-Saadawi worked as a visiting professor at Duke University between 1993 and 1994.[1]

Personal life

Saadawi has had three husbands. She has one son with her third husband Sherif Hatata.