How did the position of women change as Islam expanded?
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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