In Honor of Nawal El Saadawi
"Daughter of Isis"
Monday, 29 March 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
The Arab world's leading feminist activist and writer, Nawal El Saadawi died on Sunday 21 March 2021 at age 89.
Between 1993-1997, Dr. El Saadawi spent four years at Duke University. She sheltered with us after Islamists in Egypt published "Nawal El Saadawi in the Witness Box," a widely available, cheap book that made the case that this "heretic" should be condemned to death. It was at Duke University that she first taught undergraduates. She was an immediate success in the classroom. Her Dissidence and Creativity classes inspired countless students. It was at Duke University that she wrote the first two volumes of her autobiography translated into English as "Daughter of Isis" and "Walking through Fire" as well as her very controversial "God Resigns at the Summit." She was writing the third volume during the past five years of her life when illness prevented completion.
On Monday, 29 March 2021, a panel of friends and colleagues will address her impact on them before and while she was at Duke University.
Organized by: Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
Co-sponsored by: Jadaliyya, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Duke University Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Ranjana Khanna, Duke University
Ellen McLarney, Duke University
Miriam Cooke, Duke University
Margot Badran, The Wilson Center
Walter Mignolo, Duke University
Evelyne Accad, Lebanese American University
Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University