Saadawi in Exile

There’s nothing terribly new in this Reuters piece about Egyptian writer Nawal El-Saadawi, but it’s still good to see her work get some attention.

Saadawi’s “The Fall of the Imam”, written in the 1980s, disappeared from Cairo book stores last year after the state-controlled al-Azhar mosque and university recommended it be banned. “They said this book is against Islam,” she said.

“The government and al-Azhar want to bring some writers and scapegoat them. Instead of thinking about the real problems we are living: poverty and invasions, the people will be distracted by Nawal El Saadawi who is against religion,” she said.