Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783607471 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607488 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only

The Hidden Face of Eve

Women in the Arab World

Nawal El Saadawi

The Hidden Face of Eve

Nawal El Saadawi

Distributed for Zed Books

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368 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2015
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783607471 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607488 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
A classic of modern Arab writing, The Hidden Face of Eve receives fresh life with this beautiful new edition. Nawal El Saadawi’s shocking account of female oppression in the Muslim world is as powerful today as it was when it was first published. El Saadawi’s experiences working as a doctor in Egyptian villages, witnessing forced prostitution, honor killings, sexual abuse, and female circumcision, drove her to pen this book. The Hidden Face of Eve explores the circumstances that led to this violently unjust situation by examining historical roles of Arab women in religion and literature, ultimately arguing that injustices—such as polygamy, the veil, and legal inequality—are incompatible with the essence of Islam and inherent human rights.
Contents
Foreword by Ronak Husni
Preface to the English Edition

Introduction

Part I The Mutilated Half
1. The Question that No One Would Answer
2. Sexual Aggression against the Female Child 
3. The Grandfather with Bad Manners
4. The Injustice of Justice
5. The Very Fine Membrane Called ‘Honour’
6. Circumcision of Girls
7. Obscurantism and Contradiction
8. The Illegitimate Child and the Prostitute
9. Abortion and Fertility
10. Distorted Notions about Femininity, Beauty and Love

Part II Women in History
11. The Thirteenth Rib of Adam
12. Man the God, Woman the Sinful
13. Woman at the Time of the Pharaohs
14. Liberty to the Slave, But Not for the Woman

Part III The Arab Woman
15. The Role of Women in Arab History
16. Love and Sex in the Life of the Arab
17. The Heroine in Arab Literature

Part IV Breaking Through
18. Arab Pioneers of Women’s Liberation
19. Work and Women
20. Marriage and Divorce

An Afterword
Notes
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