10 October 2011
“Islamic Women versus Christian Women in the Middle Ages”
Women have not always had the rights and positions that they do in today’s society. In the middle ages, Islamic and Christian women had very few rights, and held little religious or political status. Downsides for women in both religious factions were that they were subordinate to the males of their region, could not own property, and were lucky if they received higher education. Women had little to no religious status, but most could pray. Political status for women was possible, but only for those who were in the upper class and were important to society. Islamic and Christian women were viewed very similarly though they were from different religions; however, Islamic women were treated better.
In Christian Europe, around 1000 B.C.E until around 1200 B.C.E, it was the dark ages. Because of educational and religious traditions, women had restrictions on entry and participation in the workforce. Women’s restriction in the workforce was also because of their forced dependency on men and poor socio-economic status of women. Women were seen to have no intelligence; their higher education was not seen as needed. Only those women who had higher social standings and wealth had a right to higher education. Along with Christian woman’s lack of higher of education, they were highly subordinate to men, meaning their father, brothers, and husband. They were not a loud to own land and also had to pass on their inheritance to their husband. They were only a loud to have their inheritance when they were widowed. Though Islamic women had many similar regulations on their education and workforce, they did have some differences. In the workforce, peasant women usually worked along with their husbands (Reese). Women of high standards worked from the home and helped the fabric and wool selling prosper (Reese). Islamic women were seen to have some abilities. Their higher education was...