Mahmoud Salem
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So, it could be that she just left and isn't escaping Egypt after all, but damn if her timing is not impeccable.

Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Council, chaired by the head of the
institution, Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, agreed to file a suit
against the play, "God Resigns in the Summit Meeting," spokesman Maher
Haddad confirmed.

A final decision on the suit must await a ruling by a council of the
institution's legal experts before it is officially referred to court,
added Haddad.

Saadawi, 75, who is currently in Brussels for her "peace of mind,"
reacted strongly to the news. She condemned it as the "revenge of
al-Azhar," with whom she has long had issues.

"Since when do men of religion pass judgement on plays? That is
something for theatre critics to do, not them," she said. "It is a
piece of fiction and fiction has no limits."

The play, which was published at the end of 2006, and the latest
edition of her autobiography, were pulled by her publisher from the
Cairo International Book Fair at the end of January and the copies
destroyed.

Saadawi declined to explain the contents of the play, saying it was too
complex to be summarised in a telephone conversation, except that it
was an allegory dealing with contemporary problems in Egypt.

So her work was puleld from the publisher, and the copies destroyed, and now they want to jail her anyway?

Gotta love Al Azhar! And their vision for this country. A country where books are banned and writers are sent to Jail.

And people wonder why we are in the bad shape we are in! 

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4 thoughts on “Al Azhar is preparing to sue Nawal Al Saadawy

  1. Saadawi is the wrong person in the wrong place, at the wrong time, but before sympathizing with her, everyone should know that she is very over-estimated……

    she would never been so loud unless the whole atmosphere is heavy & stagnant.

  2. Doesn’t matter.

    And I’m afraid the next step will be to fatwa her. Azhar needs to take it easy on this whole law suit thing too, they’re outta control. They’ve become like the ‘moral thought police’. First Kareem and now Saadawy and tomorrow the next person who dares to question Egypt’s lousy status quo?! How ridiculous is it that this institution (an academic one at that) can hold so much sway in Egypt. The country needs to seriously limit its authority…for the good of the country. Doubt it, but good luck Egypt.

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