The objective of this thesis is to explore the reasons behind the oppression of poor Coptic women. It examines the factors that position Coptic women in inferior status. It analyzes these factors at the intersections of lack of resources, poverty consequences, and gender inequalities that shape life experiences of this segment of the Egyptian society. Central to my argument is the influence of religion on the lives of those women. In the light of fieldwork conducted in the poor area of El Salaam city, the main finding is that religion affiliation, especially if this religion is adopted by a minority group, has adverse effects on the status of women in society. In other words, the study analyzes the complex relationship between gender, poverty, and religion. In fact, this study hopes to fill a research gap in the literature of Coptic women, since Coptic women's issues and lives are usually neglected in literature.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Helen Rizzo

Committee Member 1

Helen Rizo

Committee Member 2

Nazek Nossier

Committee Member 3

Maha Abdelrahman

Document Type



104 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1


Library of Congress Subject Heading 2



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Call Number

Thesis 2004/67