26 Mar 2005

Nawal Sa'dawy

Believe it or not, I never read anything written by or on Nawal al-Sa'dawy. Didn't even know how she looked like. My experience of her is an audio one. I heard about her opinions from friends, who in turn heard these opinions through a long chain of narratives. Enough to twist, blow things out of propotions. Thus, I was happy to watch this interview. Attempt to understand what she is talking about or trying to do.

To be honest, I didn't really get a crystal clear idea of any sort. The talks were random and the interviewer talked more than the lady. She, I thought, was intimidated, unable to form an argument. She reverted back to the interviewer ideas with minimal elaboration. Was funny in that sense. My only assumption is that she could have fallen into some sort of 'motor mimicry'.

So what happens when two people talk?


Anonymous Hellme said...

...or she could be the poster child for a generation who think anyone who wants to be president is brill. All the better if that person is a woman who borders on athiesm (not that there's anything wrong with either of those qualities).

To run for president, you need to be able to hold yourself in the limelight. A politician ya3ni, not someone who finds an interview intimidating - hell, crippling even.

Unable to form an argument? How does this person propose to lead a country then? Bah!

3/29/2005 04:49:00 pm  
Blogger haal said...

Wow!! You really disliked that she ran for president. I agree. It was a stupid move. Maybe she did it so as to 'show' that 'anyone' can run for the post. Something like what 'Wadud' had done with leading the prayers.

But apart from politics, which she didn't even talk about it, she is most famous for her views regrading islam. Which I admit, some are interesting--but not to everyone.

3/29/2005 08:45:00 pm  
Anonymous Mohamed said...

Here's someone else criticising Saadawy.

4/02/2005 12:31:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Whenever you find people not listening to your views on social issues, you then decide it is time to pass one of your bombs: religion attack.' This was the Mahmoud Saad comment to Nawal during the interview.

She does speak about religion a lot. Claiming she has been spending all her life studying comparative religions. Could be true. To be fair, she has an interesting view on 'black stone.' and the history of piligramage. (she denied calling it a wathanee ritual).... but a historical act. I tend to agree.

4/02/2005 11:07:00 am  

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