How are women protrayed in regards to sexuality and marriage in The Arabian Nights?

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One should bear in mind that The Arabian Nights is a reflection of the culture in which it was written. And that culture—deeply traditional—assigned women a lowly, subordinate status. Little wonder, then, that women in The Arabian Nights are presented as decidedly inferior to their menfolk, their whole identities imposed upon them by a rigidly patriarchal society. The nearest we get to a proto-feminist is Scheherazade, who uses her undoubted wit and intelligence to captivate the king as well as saving the lives of the women he's so shamefully used and abused.

Yet even Scheherazade's...

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