This study will attempt to briefly describe violence against women and focus on domestic violence against women in particular. Parallel to this, deficiencies in the personal status law in terms of proving harm in divorce provisions will be analyzed and briefly explain how Islamic doctrines are not implemented. Additionally, I will analyze and evaluate the recent amendments to the personal status law and family court laws, in terms of empowering women to terminate abusive marital relationships as well as being able to reconsider the obstacles women face in the legal system regarding family laws. As Al Ahram Weekly (December: 2004) pointed out, reforms to the law have been publicized as if there was no more inequality or discrimination in the divorce system. Thus, my study will question this perception.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Helen Rizzo

Committee Member 1

Helen Rizo

Committee Member 2

Sami Omar

Committee Member 3

Madiha El Safty

Document Type



106 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Domestic relations

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Family violence


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Call Number

Thesis 2005/86



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