Nawal El Saadawi

1931 - 2021

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Nawal Elsaadawi (Egyptian Arabic: نوال السعداوى, ALA-LC: Nawāl Elsaʻdāwī, 22 October 1931 – 21 March 2021) was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist and physician. She wrote numerous books on the subject of women in Islam, focusing on the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nawal El Saadawi has received more than 724,331 page views. Her biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Nawal El Saadawi is the 2,627th most popular politician (up from 2,956th in 2019), the 148th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 160th in 2019) and the 67th most popular Egyptian Politician.

Nawal El Saadawi is a feminist and human rights activist who is most famous for her novels, which deal with issues such as female genital mutilation, the oppression of women, and the struggle for social justice.

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Among politicians, Nawal El Saadawi ranks 2,627 out of 19,576Before her are Lin Zexu, Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Clotilde of France, Hacı I Giray, Stephen II of Hungary, and Isser Harel. After her are Beatrice of Naples, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Michel Aflaq, Alfonso II of Naples, Joscelin II, Count of Edessa, and Seth-Peribsen.

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Among people born in 1931, Nawal El Saadawi ranks 43Before her are Hiroto Muraoka, Riccardo Giacconi, Sri Chinmoy, William Shatner, Jim Jones, and James Cronin. After her are David Lee, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Rorty, Kakuichi Mimura, and John le Carré. Among people deceased in 2021, Nawal El Saadawi ranks 33Before her are Martinus J. G. Veltman, Colin Powell, Richard R. Ernst, Donald Rumsfeld, Steven Weinberg, and Jorge Sampaio. After her are Richard Rogers, Antony Hewish, Aaron T. Beck, Idriss Déby, Karolos Papoulias, and Robert Mundell.

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Among people born in Egypt, Nawal El Saadawi ranks 148 out of 642Before her are Theon of Alexandria (335), Nonnus (500), Aybak (1197), Sa'id of Egypt (1822), Senenmut (-1600), and Intef I (-2200). After her are Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923), Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad (1927), Apries (-650), Taha Hussein (1889), Theophylact Simocatta (580), and Ptolemy X Alexander I (-140).


Among politicians born in Egypt, Nawal El Saadawi ranks 67Before her are Cleopatra IV of Egypt (-138), Mentuhotep I (-2200), Mohammed Badie (1943), Aybak (1197), Sa'id of Egypt (1822), and Intef I (-2200). After her are Apries (-650), Ptolemy X Alexander I (-140), Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68), Ptolemy Keraunos (-318), Ahmose-Nefertari (-1562), and Cleopatra Selene of Syria (-130).