December 2, 1998
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Aisha Abdul-Rahman, Egypt's leading female Islamic writer, philosopher and literary critic, died Tuesday after a heart attack. She was 85. Abdul-Rahman was admitted to a hospital in Cairo on Saturday after suffering a stroke, Egypt's Middle East News Agency said. Better known as Bent el-Shati, or the daughter of the shore, Abdul-Rahman was born in 1913 in the northern town of Dumyat, overlooking a lake near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. She wrote more than 40 books on Islamic teachings, dozens of literary books and novels as well as hundreds of researches and daily columns in several newspapers. Challenging tradition, Abdul-Rahman received her primary education at home at a time when women were not encouraged to go to school. Abdul-Rahman spent 10 years as the head of the Arabic and Islamic departments at Ain Shams University in Cairo, and also taught at several Arab universities. She was married to Sheik Amin el-Khouli, her teacher at Cairo University during her undergraduate years. He died some years ago. The couple is survived by a son and a daughter. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.