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Reader’s Review: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

Wed, Jul 31, 2013

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The Diane Rehm Show Reader’s Review/By Diane Rehm

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Woman at Point Zero is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty ending with her facing execution–at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism.

Guests:
Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Middle East politics at University of Oklahoma and author of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change
Mervat Hatem, Political Science Professor at Howard University, Washington, DC
Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder & President, Women’s Learning Partnership; Former minister of Women’s Affairs in Iran.

Banner image: Cover of Woman at Point Zero (1st edition English, 1983 Zed Books, Ltd.)

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Muslim Women

"The most taxing contradiction [Muslim women] face casts the demands of living in the contemporary world against the requirements of tradition as determined and advanced by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights – whether Muslim women have rights because they are human beings, or whether they have rights because they are Muslim" - Faith and Freedom: Introduction

"To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist "Muslim" men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women's rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of the moral tragedy of Muslim societies in our time." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

“Islam is not the problem. Rather it is the misuse of Islam by interpreting it to fit the needs of the partriarchal order - the powers that be - and the privileges that one gender has held over the other.” - How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?