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The Fall of the Imam

By (author) Nawal El Saadawi
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
Publisher: Saqi Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 3rd Jan 2020
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 20mm
Weight: 227g
ISBN-10: 086356612X
ISBN-13: 9780863566127
Barcode No: 9780863566127
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.

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`Haunting and often mesmerising...a powerful and moving expose of the horrors that women and children can be exposed to by the tenets of faith. It ought to reach a wider audience.' Philip Womack, New Humanist; `A feminist fantasy narrative that disturbs its readers not only because it painfully reminds them of the brutal oppression of women, but also because it undermines a complex of constructions that feminists for almost two decades now have been announcing as "masculinist."' The International Fiction Review; `New favourite book...Nawal taught me how to love women and see them as strong. I do not know why it took a book to do that for me.' Lisa Grab Review