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The Fall of the Imam

The Fall of the Imam

9781846590627 July 2009 Paperback 240pp

About the Book

Surrounded by a coterie of ministers, the Imam rules over an imaginary earthly kingdom.

Bint Allah is the Daughter of God, a beautiful illegitimate girl. She is falsely accused by the Imam of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. Then, during the annual Victory Holiday, the Imam himself is killed.

The story of each of these deaths is told repeatedly, as this powerful and poetic novel reveals the underlying hypocrisy of any male-dominated religious state, and the insufferable predicament of women in a society that must ultimately self-destruct.

About the Author

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned feminist writer and activist from Egypt. She is the founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. Among her numerous roles in public office she has served as Egypt’s National Director of Public Health and stood as a candidate in the 2004 Egyptian presidential elections. El Saadawi holds honorary doctorates from the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso, and her numerous awards include the Council of Europe North-South Prize, the Women of the Year Award (UK), Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland), and the National Order of Merit (France). She is the author of over fifty novels, short stories and non-fiction works which centre on the status of Arab women, which have been translated into more than thirty languages.

About the Translator

Sherif Youssef Hetata is a novelist, translator and medical doctor. He was Assistant Editor of the magazine, Health, in the early 1970s and of the feminist magazine, Noon, in the early nineties.


'More than any other woman, El Saadawi has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism.'
San Francisco Chronicle

'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

'A poignant and brave writer.'
Marie Claire