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Acclaimed Egyptian Feminist Nawal Saadawi Dies at Age 89

Nawal Saadawi 

Nawal Saadawi 

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Cairo (AP) -- Nawal Saadawi, a renowned Egyptian feminist, psychiatrist and novelist, whose writings have stirred controversy for decades in an overwhelming conservative society, died of age-related health problems in Cairo on Sunday, officials said. She was 89.

Egypt’s Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem mourned Saadawi’s passing, saying her writings had created a great intellectual movement.