Neil Ellwood Peart, OC , is a Canadian-American author and retired musician, best known as the drummer and primary songwriter and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honoured. His drumming is known for its technical proficiency and his live performances are known for their exacting nature and stamina.
Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She has been described as "the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab World".