At a young age, Saadawi underwent the process of female genital mutilation .  As an adult she has written about and criticized this practice. She responded to the death of a 12-year-old girl, Bedour Shaker, during a genital circumcision operation in 2007 by writing: "Bedour, did you have to die for some light to shine in the dark minds? Did you have to pay with your dear life a price ... for doctors and clerics to learn that the right religion doesn't cut children's organs."  As a doctor and human rights activist, Saadawi is also opposed to male circumcision. She believes that both male and female children deserve protection from genital mutilation. 
Muir, Marcus Dods and others have suggested that Muhammad was at first sincere, but later became deceptive. Koelle finds "the key to the first period of Muhammad's life in Khadija , his first wife," after whose death he became prey to his "evil passions."  Samuel Marinus Zwemer , a Christian missionary , criticised the life of Muhammad by the standards of the Old and New Testaments , by the pagan morality of his Arab compatriots, and last, by the new law which he brought.  Quoting Johnstone, Zwemer concludes by claiming that his harsh judgment rests on evidence which "comes all from the lips and the pens of his [. Muhammad's] own devoted adherents."