Social Conditions (Woman) of Pre-Islamic Arabia
Arabia was male dominated society, but there were few tribes where matriarchy prevailed. They, too, over time faded and only patriarchy persisted. It is imperative to note here that Bedouin women were far freer than their counterpart in Urban centers.
Women were a mere sex object. The son inherited all his mothers except for his biological mother after his father’s death. Man could marry as many women as he wanted.
Only son inherited whatever his father left behind. The lineage was also traced with father’s blood.
Female infanticide was also widespread. The Arabs contended it was partly because of poverty and partly because of honor. Yet they engaged heavily in wine-drinking and gambling.
As Arabia saw the boom in economy, the act of prostitution became a norm. Since women were treated as an object and were not provided with necessary resources to run their houses, they had to resort to this practice.
In addition, women slaves were coerced to perform this act on the dictates of her master.
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