Author, Essayist Novelist, Phd in Philosophy, Paris, Sorbonne
Fawzia Assaad is an Egyptian novelists. Her novels portray Egyptian society in all its complexity, describing all social classes, the Muslims and the Christian Copts, the customs, beliefs, humour, superstitions and politics.
She obtained a PhD from the Sorbonne in Philosophy and taught Philosophy at the University of Cairo. Later, she resigned from her position as University Professor to follow and support her husband , a Doctor working at the World Health Organisation, in his missions.
She initially continued to publish a large number of philosophical essays in prestigious journals, but her interest gradually turned away from philosophy towards mythology and the novel. Her first novel was published in 1975 and she was twice awarded prizes by the city of Geneva for her novels.
In addition to her writings, Fawzia Assaad is very active in both political and literary circles. She defends writers in prison by representing the international PEN at the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and she coorganizes a writer's retreat at the Chateau de Lavigny near Lausanne.