BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Hajrah Rahman, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This study aimed to explore how the experiences of young adult Pakistani daughters who come from fundamentalist Muslim patriarchal households are influenced when the daughters are less religious than their Muslim parents. It was hypothesized that the differing religiosity will impact the interpersonal parent-child relationship of the participants. The study conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with 7 participants who were recruited using voluntary, convenience and snowball sampling. To gain a holistic understanding of the participants’ experiences, intersectionality theory was used as a theoretical framework in this study. The main findings of the research were that the position of women in Pakistani society is subordinated and there is a clear gendered divide between the public and private spheres. As hypothesized, it was found that participants reported feeling a sense of alienation from their families due to the difference in their religiosity. This difference was seen to negatively impact the parent-child interpersonal relationship. Lastly, culture was seen to intersect with religion to impact the experiences of these women.


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