Finally, a wave of North American scholarship inspired by the questions and methods linked to gender analysis in the s made the study of women and gender an intrinsic part of broader historiographical concerns with Latin American economic, political, and cultural development in the national period. This North—South imbalance, as well as the greater distribution of English-language compared to Latin American publications, is certainly reflected in this bibliography, which privileges research by US scholars. This bibliography nevertheless builds on this rapid and diverse historiographical development to offer a selection of significant historical works for the study of Latin American women after independence.
With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has received! Shall he keep this [child] despite the contempt [which he feels for it] or shall he bury it in the dust?
Oh, evil is indeed whatever they decide! As appalling as it is, however, female infanticide should not be the sole basis for assessing the status of women in the society before Islam. To claim that Arab women were universally inferior to men, and had absolutely no rights before Islam is too simplistic, and does not do justice to the women of this period.
Their status, therefore, deserves a more careful analysis. It must be noted at the outset that most of the information about the Arabian society before Islam is not uniformly accepted by all scholars in the field. In many cases, the factual information and evidence presented by some scholars have been refuted or contradicted by others.
This has to do with the sources of information about this period in Arab history, known as the age of ignorance "Jahiliyyah". Some writers tend to rely on the Quran and Hadith to arrive at their conclusions about pre-Islamic Arabia. But their conclusions are not always accurate, for they are inclined to take what is mentioned in the Quran or hadith as what was commonly practiced in the society, which may not necessarily be true.
The Quran and hadith may address certain issues because of their moral importance or far-reaching implications, regardless of the frequency of their occurrence. Hence, to get a true sense of the Arab society before Islam, one has to consider other sources.
Since the Arabs had no fully developed system of writing, the sources for this period are limited to traditions, legends, proverbs and above all to poems. The oldest poems of which there is any record were composed in about AD. London, McMillan and Co.
These poems, however, were not immune to error and corruption, since they were not recorded in writing until two to four hundred years later, during the second and third centuries of the Hijrah. Consequently, obtaining accurate, factual information about this era has become a challenging task.
However, some general conclusions can be made, which are presented in this chapter.
Diversity of Arabian Society One of the few facts that is universally agreed upon is the diversity of the Arabian society prior to Islam.
Arabia was comprised of diverse communities with different customs, languages and lifestyles. To better understand this diversity and its impact on women, a brief overview of the pre-Islamic Arab society is in order. Generally speaking, the Arab peninsula was divided into two regions, the arid area of the north and the rain-fed area of the south.
The southern region was blessed with resources of soil and climate. Because of its fertile land, its proximity to the sea and its strategic location on the commerce routes, the south had enjoyed throughout its earlier history a developed form of political life and an advanced culture.
As a confederation of states, the region was heavily populated, and governed by different kingdoms at different times in its history. It was, as a result, greatly influenced by foreign cultures and religions such as Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism.
The people of the south were not Arabs, but Sabians or Himyarites of Semitic descent, and spoke a Semitic language of their own.
The northern region, on the other hand, was inhabited primarily by two groups: The Bedouins were tough, resourceful and as shepherds, constantly on the move. On the outskirts of the deserts, there was a ring of oases where the tribes had settled.
The settled tribes relied on agriculture or commerce for their livelihood. Their spoken language was Arabic.
The inhabitants of north and south, however, were constantly interacting with each other. There were Arabs who lived in the south and there were Sabian communities in the north.
In fact, it was the south that helped urbanize the north-west by opening up the deserts to trade and shifting the world commerce route to western Arabia. This, in turn, created among the Arabs of the north, a new type of settlement, the caravan city, and a new type of community, the community of traders.
In the sixth century, with the outbreak of international wars and the weakening of major powers that controlled the south, the region began to disintegrate and experienced a breakdown of its political and economic structure.
At the same time, Mecca emerged as a new economic and social force in Arabia. Its geographical position on the spice route, half-way between Yathrib and Najran, the strongholds of Judaism and Christianity, respectively, made Mecca a caravan station and a holy city at the same time.
The religious life was based on idolatry and polytheism; the object of worship was a trio of goddesses, al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat, considered to be daughters of a deity called Allah.Haitian Revolution; Part of the Atlantic Revolutions, French Revolutionary Wars, and Napoleonic Wars.: Battle at San Domingo, a painting by January Suchodolski, depicting a struggle between Polish troops in French service and the slave rebels and freed revolutionary soldiers.
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