Sharia Alert from Egypt: “Feminist’s book is recalled by its publisher for ‘offending religion,'” by Ramadan Al Sherbini in GulfNews, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Cairo: In a rare case in Egypt a publisher has recalled copies of a book written by a controversial feminist after discovering it “offends religion.”
“We decided to remove the book, titled God Resigns in the Summit Meeting by writer Nawal Al Saadawi, from the shelves once we learnt it offends religion,” said Mahmoud Madbouli, who runs a publishing house in Cairo.
He denied the withdrawal had been carried out upon orders from authorities. “We would not allow such literature onto our shelves,” he told Gulf News.
Madbouli, who has already published a dozen books penned by Saadawi, said apologetically: “We do not normally read all the books we publish. But on learning that Saadawi’s book, which takes the form of a play, offended readers’ religious sensitivities, we decided to withdraw it.”