A discussion about her life and work: Nawal el-Saadawi, the daring legacy of Arab author, activist and radical feminist

A discussion about her life and work: Nawal el-Saadawi, the daring legacy of Arab author, activist and radical feminist

03/24/21 sponsored by Muslimish-USA, with speakers Ginan Rauf, BN Aziz, Zeinab Assaf Lecanu and Wafa Bakri. Hosted by Wissam Charafeddine. Nawal El-Saadawi’s recent passing became an occasion for many people familiar with her work to speak about her legacy. Amon…

Nawal El-Saadawi: (1931-2021) radical feminist, writer, critic

Nawal El-Saadawi: (1931-2021) radical feminist, writer, critic

El-Saadawi (r) with her husband, novelist Sherif Hetata, 1990 by BN Aziz March 24, 2021. Counterpunch.org I often quote one simple statement by Nawal El-Saadawi– a bold and brilliant retort to a question put to her by an NPR radio…

Made in Bangladesh

Film Review by Barbara Nimri Aziz Sept, 1, 2020 Counterpunch.org If you’re gathering evidence of the victimization of Muslim women, this is not your film. Yes, Made in Bangladesh highlights exploitation in a country, most of whose citizens are Muslim.…

The Moor’s Account–Book Review

by Barbara Nimri Aziz, Dec, 2015 Counterpunch.org Stories wrapped in stories generate yet another story. Interwoven, layered tales are a feature of Arabic culture, epitomized in the extraordinary Persian story collection 1001 Nights from which it draws. So beguiling and…

Scheherazade’s Legacy

Foreword by Barbara Nimri Aziz to Susan Muaddi Darraj Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women Writing, 2004 Inevitably, a time arrives in a people’s history when a shared awakening occurs. In varying degrees of awareness, driven by the feeling…

Moroccan Director/Actor Sanaa Akroud’s Latest Screen Gem

Moroccan Director/Actor Sanaa Akroud’s Latest Screen Gem

by Barbara Nimri Aziz Dec 30, 2020 Counterpunch.org This film story by Sanaa Akroud is, like its title “Myopia”, just too simple to carry the power of a deeply moving universal message.             Fatem a hardy woman from a remote…