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How did the position of women change as Islam expanded?

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Islam expanded first across the Arabian peninsula and later into areas of Southwest Asia, Turkey, Southern Europe and North Africa. Each of these societies had its own gender-related customs and practices. In many areas of North Africa and Southern Europe for example, women were subjected to a strict patriarchy in which their status was barely distinguishable from that of slaves. In France, for example, women who married assumed the legal status of...

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