Background Information About Women at Point Zero

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Women at Point Zero was written by Nawal El Saadawi, and before we can read her book we have to understand what she means by her writing. That is why in this report we will learn about the author, Nawal El Saadawi, and the political situation in Egypt in 1975, and the situation now in 2013. Nawal El Saadawi was born in 1931, in a town called Kafr Tahla, a small village in Cairo, in Egypt. She is now a leading Egyptian feminist, sociologist, doctor, and writer on Arab women problems. She began over 25 years ago and has 27 books in all. Her writing focused on women and their sexuality and legal status. Because of this her writing was banned from being published in Egypt. She faced many “wars’ in her life. From 1973 to 1978 she researched women and neurosis from that she was inspired and published her novel, Women at Point Zero, which was based on a female, who was on death row, that was in jail for murdering her husband. Later in 1980, she became more and more involved in women reforms. Her involvement with these reforms closed all doors for her in finding a job. Soon after she was imprisoned for her “crimes against the state”. She believed to be arrested because she started criticizing the policy’s that were being made. While in prison she was denied pen and paper, but that didn’t stop her; She used an eyebrow pencil and toilet paper, with that she wrote her memoirs and published them a year after she got out in 1983. Her life is full of threats for what she writes until she left the country. She ended up teaching at different Universities in the US. She is still writing and is working on her autobiography. During the time period Saadawi wrote her book Women at Point Zero. Egypt was gonig through many problems both political and social. Clashes between Egypt and Israel had continued after 1969. After the war Sadat was ready for negotiations. In

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