Mariam Ayad

Mariam Ayad

Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Near Eastern Religions
WSRP Research Associate 2020–21
Mariam Ayad

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The American University in Cairo

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A Gendered Analysis of an Egyptian Mortuary Ritual

This project explores the impact of class and gender on ancient Egyptian conceptions of death, revival, and the afterlife. By comparing two contemporaneous funerary corpora belonging to a high-ranking priestess and the man who served her, it assesses whether the Egyptians adopted gendered pathways to the afterlife.


Mariam Ayad is Associate Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. She is the author of God’s Wife, God’s Servant: The God's Wife of Amun (ca.740–525 BC) (Routledge, 2009).


HDS 3074: Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices (Fall 2020)

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