The Egyptian state has put on its shoulders the responsibility of protecting the family and its values. But how this family, in a massive society like Egypt, can be defined? In this paper, I argue that it has never been about protecting the family. However, it is an attempt to shape the citizens into small separate hives which give the State the power to gain access to the intimate details of its citizens’ lives through which they can be easily monitored, managed, and controlled. By analyzing Michel Foucault’s work on government, power, sexuality, and family, I travel through a historical journey during the modernization period in Egypt. I attempt to tell the evolution story of the nuclear family in the Egyptian legal discourse and how the state unnaturally shaped it through laws, courts, and intellectuals. This paper attempts to illustrate that what we believe is the ultimate truth is not always the case.


School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Law Department

Degree Name

LLM in International and Comparative Law

Graduation Date

Winter 1-31-2023

Submission Date


First Advisor

Jason Beckett

Committee Member 1

Hany Sayed

Committee Member 2

Thomas Skouteris


65 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

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