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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

Born in 1931, Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist and activist. She has published over 40 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages. They include Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, Love in the Kingdom of Oil, Two Women in One and The Fall of the Imam, all published by Saqi Books.

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