Thursday, March 08, 2007

A woman, A hero

The pan-Arab news channel Al-Arabiya interviewed Nawal Al-Saadawi last week. And as usual her views, opinions, and her genius writings, never cease to amaze me. One of her earlier books about her childhood, and about her as a physician in Egypt was one of the reasons why I started reading Arabic books. Her book Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, is one of my favorite books, an honest account of a woman's experience, a woman drowning in a world of men, but at the same time trying to rescue as many people around her as possible.

Nawal Al-Saadawi is a woman with attitude. She has been sued, prosecuted, even threatened with murder, but she always stays her ground. It is women like her that make me proud to be a woman, proud to be an Arab woman, proud to be an Arab woman who is not afraid to speak my mind.

In a world rotting at the core, and run by men, the likes of Nawal Al-Saadawi are a beacon of light, for the future of the world, a slither of hope that will help in restoring some sort of order in a world of chaos.

Its the courage of feminists like Nawal Al-Saadawi that shake up the very foundations of the archaic views put in place a long time ago by men who wanted to quell their egos, and to satisfy their thirst for power, control, and
Can you believe that the Egyptian government actually categorizes Dr. Nawal as "dangerous" and "controversial" simply because she has had the guts to voice her opinions and her thoughts.

One of my favorite quotes of Dr. Nawal is:

"Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies."


doe said...

I totally share your sentiments abt Nawal Al Saadawi. I recently watched an interview with her on Maestro with Nishan. She was gr8 as usual, although i feel the host could have asked her better questions. She will definitely go down in history as a pioneer of the fight for freedom in the Arab society. We need more people like her.

Hisham said...

"Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies"

So true. Good posts, I've been perusing your blog today and I have to say I'll be coming back for more! Likewise, I added you to my links list.

SoulSearch said...

Thanks Doe, Hisham, for stopping by and for your comments, people with principle always win my admiration, especially those who highlight women's rights. Nawal Al-Sa3dawi is one of them, and we have many shining examples here in Bahrain, but thats a whole other post!