The Fall of the Imam
Bint Allah knows herself only as the Daughter of God. Born in a stifling male-dominated state, ruled by the Imam and his coterie of ministers, she dreams of one day reaching the top of a distant hill visible through the bars of the orphanage window.
But Bint Allah’s ambitions do not escape the attention of the Imam, who never feels secure no matter how well he protects himself. When the Imam falsely accuses Bint Allah of adultery and sentences her to death by stoning, he is not prepared for what happens next.
A postmodern fantasia, this powerful and poetic novel is a call to arms against those who use religion as a weapon against women.
'More than any other woman, El Saadawi has come has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism.' -San Francisco Chronicle
'The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world.' -The Guardian
'El-Saadawi writes beautifully and in abundant and evocative physical detail of an Egypt that remains closely tied to the land and to a way of life that in many respects has not changed for centuries.' -Publishers Weekly
'El-Saadawi is a straight shooter and one of the most controversial writers of the latter half of this century.' -Library Journal