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Arab Women Writers

Egypt

  • Radwa Ashour – born 1946 in Cairo, died November 2014. Works: Granada, a Novel (trans. from Arabic by William Granara, 2003); Siraaj :an Arab tale (trans. from Arabic by Barbara Romaine, 2007) and many other works.

  • Salwa Bakr – born 1949 in Cairo. Works: Such a Beautiful Voice (trans. from Arabic by Hoda el Sadda, 1992); The Wiles of Men and other Stories (trans. from Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies, 1993); The Golden Chariot (trans. from Arabic by Dinah Manisty, 1995); The Man from Bashmour (trans. from Arabic by Nancy Roberts, 2007).

  • Nawal El Saadawi – born 1931 in Kafr Tahla. [Resides in Cairo]. Works: God Dies by the Nile (trans. from Arabic by Sherif Hetata, 1985); Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (trans. from Arabic by Catherine Cobham, 1988); Two Women in One (trans. from Arabic by Osman Nusairi and Jana Gough, 1986); Death of an ex-Minister (trans. from Arabic by Shirley Eber, 1987); She has no Place in Paradise (trans. from Arabic by Shirley Eber, 1989); Searching (trans. from Arabic by Shirley Eber, 1991); The Innocence of the Devil (trans. from Arabic by Sherif Hetata, 1994); Love in the Kingdom of Oil (trans. from Arabic by Basil Hatim & Malcolm Williams, 2001); The Circling Song (trans. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, 1989); The Novel (trans. from Arabic by Omnia Amin and Rick London, 2008). Has been awarded many honorary degrees.

  • Somaya Ramadan – born 1951 in Cairo. Works: Leaves of Narcissus (trans. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, 2002). Won Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, 2001.

  • Alifa Rifaat – 1930 – 1996. Works: Distant View of a Minaret : and Other Stories (trans. from Arabic by Denis Johnson-Davies, 1987); and many more works.

  • Ibtihal Salem – born 1949 in Cairo. Works: Children of the Waters (trans. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, 2002).
  • Sahar Tawfiq – born1951. Works: Points of the Compass: stories (trans. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, 1995).
  • Ahdaf Soueif – born 1950 in Cairo. [Resides in England]. Works: Aisha (1983); In the Eye of the Sun (1992); Sandpiper(1996); The Map of Love (1999); Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground (2004).
  • Miral Tahawi – born in Sharkeya. Works: The Tent (trans. from Arabic by Anthony Calderbank, 1998); Blue Aubergine (trans. from Arabic by Anthony Calderbank, 2002).
  • May Talmissani – born 1965 in Cairo. Works: Dunyazad (trans. from Arabic by Roger Allen, 2000).
  • Amina Zaydan – born in Suez. Works: Red Wine (trans. from Arabic.) Won Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, 2007.
  • Latifa al-Zayyat – born in Dumyat. 1923-1996. Works: The Owner of the House (trans. from Arabic by Sophie Bennett, 1997); The Open Door (trans. from Arabic by Marilyn Booth, 2000).

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