"> Name: Feminist Book banned in Egypt for "offending religion"

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus



Artist: Nawal Al Saadawi

Confronting Bodies: Cairo publishing house, authorities in Egypt and other Arab countries

Date of Action: February 2007

Specific Location: Egypt

Description of Artwork: Nawal Al Saadawi's book "God Resigns in the Summit Meeting" takes the form of a play and addresses socio-economic and religious issues in modern-day Egypt.

Description of Incident: Mahmoud Madbouli, who runs a publishing house in Cairo, recalled copies of Saadawi's book "God Resigns in the Summit Meeting" "once we learnt it offends religion". Madbouli has published dozens of Saadawi's books in the past, but banned this one because he felt it offended reader's sensitivities. The book was also not circulated at the Cairo Book Fair. Saadawi has been controversial in the Arab world and is accustomed to having her work censored. She is the founder of the first independent feminist organization in Egypt, the Arab Women's Solidarity Association.

Results of Incident: No progress yet made on case.

Source: www.truthout.org

Submitted By: NCAC

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