Date of Degree

2-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Jean Halley

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Keywords

Pakistan, Women and Gender, Post Colonial Feminism, Islamic Feminism

Abstract

Through an academic analysis of literature and a form of storytelling, this thesis attempts to encapsulate the experience of Pakistani women in the United States as migrants and in Pakistan as citizens. It is a study of violence and the ways in which violence is perpetuated through a lack of intervention by the state and religious institutions. This thesis in large part argues that women’s lives are shaped by the multitude of factors and a multidimensional approach must be employed when analyzing women’s status in Pakistan. Women have found ways of resisting through organizing and community building. Finally, a discussion on women’s experience as migrants in the U.S. and the difficulties they face at the intersections of their identities is held.

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