C&C of Cultural and Intellectual Tradition of The M.E. (600-1450 CE)

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Arisen from the influences of Christian and Jewish traditions, the nomadic peoples of the Arabian Peninsula joined forces to form the Dar-ar-Islam. Used to unite the Middle Eastern Empire, Islam – founded by the prophet Muhammad in 610 CE – created a stable civilization based on Islamic views and teachings for its individuals. In the Middle East during the time of 600 CE to 1450 CE, the religion of Islam stayed unchanged, while the influences of different cultures altered the traditions of the society as well as the women’s rights and status in the civilization.
As the Middle East developed over the years, the prominence and teachings of Islam sustained. Numerous aspects in the Middle Eastern Empire altered, but a key element in the
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Despite the fact that status and rights of women were slowly regressing since Muhammad’s death, as a result of the expanding empire during early 13th century CE the changes for women’s lives really began to change, starting with the adaption of the veiling of women from Mesopotamia. From then on, status of women decreased even more as upper-class women were forced to stay in harems at home while men did all the work and were stripped from their right of going out in public unsupervised. Nevertheless, the teachings of the Qur’an still promoted that women were equal to men. It was just that as cultures began to influence the Islamic Empire, old traditions for women altered and changed they’re influence in society as male dominance became more superior.
Along with the changes in women status and rights, the military expansion of the empire and the cultural influences of conquered and neighboring territories affected the traditions and teachings in Middle Eastern society. Under caliphate rule, the Islamic Empire expanded militarily to other civilizations and took in conquered land’s cultures along with the territory. Cultural influences from Persia, India, and Greece took place from the expansions and greatly impacted original Islamic traditions. From Persia came many literary works that

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