Introduction: Why is Nawal El Saadawi Banned?
It was in 2002 when I first saw Dr. Nawal El Saadawi give a talk on comparative literature at a conference held at Cairo University. I was already familiar with El Saadawi’s writing through a number of novels and works of nonfiction that I had read and studied. I had always wondered why she is feared so much in some quarters, to the extent that her writing and talks are banned. On this occasion she spoke about creativity and courage, and I will never forget the sparkle in her eyes that continued throughout the talk despite the sneering and hissing of a mostly hostile and disapproving audience. I saw a simply dressed woman with the famous black and white Palestinian shawl around her neck, which in itself indicated her sympathy for the Palestinian cause and made a political statement. The first thing she said to her audience, which mainly comprised university professors and students, was: What are you doing in here? Why aren’t you outside demonstrating?
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