The Fall of the Imam

The Fall of the Imam

Nawal El Saadawi

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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.


'A poignant - and brave - writer.' -Marie Claire

'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 

'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 

About the Author

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned Egyptian writer and feminist. She holds honorary doctorates from the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso. Her many prizes and awards include the Great Minds of the Twentieth Century Prize, awarded by the American Biographical Institute in 2003, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe and the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2004. Several of her novels have been translated into English, including Two Women in One, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Love in the Kingdom of Oil, all publish by Saqi Books.

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